Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

VIDEO: The End Of 40 Years Of Silence

deaf
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

6:02am 28th March 2014

Seven words have broken the silence a woman has lived with all her life.

Joanne Milne has a rare condition called Usher Syndrome. It means she was born deaf and lost her sight in her twenties.

But now doctors have fitted new implants - allowing her to hear for the first time.

She was filmed as they were turned on - and the doctor repeated the days of the week to check they were working.

The forty year old from Gateshead has to fight back tears and gasp for breath as her silence is shattered.

She said: "I’m still in shock now. I have to learn to recognise what these sounds are as I build a sound library in my brain.

"Hearing things for the first time is so emotional from the ping of a light switch to running water.

"I can’t stop crying and I can already foresee how it’s going to be life changing.

"I’m so happy. Over the last forty-eight hours hearing someone laughing behind me, the birds twittering and just being with friends. They didn’t have to tap my arm to get my attention which a massive leap."

The implants were fitted during an operation four weeks ago, but she has had to wait for them to be switched on to see if it had worked.

The video has gone viral, getting almost a quarter of a million hits.

Watch the moment it happens here...

6:02am 28th March 2014

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
London Bridge attacker's friend Taha Hussain jailed over IS videos outside Windsor Castle

London Bridge attacker's friend Taha Hussain jailed over IS videos outside Windsor Castle

A close friend of the ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack has been jailed after making Islamic State propaganda videos outside Windsor Castle.

Cabinet meeting ends with show of unity ahead of May's Brexit speech

Cabinet meeting ends with show of unity ahead of May's Brexit speech

A Cabinet meeting called by Theresa May ahead of a crucial Brexit speech has ended with an apparent show of unity around her strategy.

Most read
Burglaries may get 'lighter approach' as police chief admits staff at breaking point

Burglaries may get 'lighter approach' as police chief admits staff at breaking point

One of Britain's biggest police forces is warning it has reached tipping point due to financial pressures and an ever-increasing workload.

England women's football manager Mark Sampson sacked following new evidence

England women's football manager Mark Sampson sacked following new evidence

The Football Association has announced it has sacked England women's football manager Mark Sampson after evidence of "inappropriate behaviour".

Top articles

Pupil 'restrained' by police at a Cornwall school

Cornwall News: Officers had reports they were threatening staff

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Arnold Schwarzenegger pumps iron at Yorkshire gym

National News: Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger surprised staff at a Leeds gym by turning up and pumping iron.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Arnold Schwarzenegger pumps iron at Yorkshire gym

Showbiz News: Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger surprised staff at a Leeds gym by turning up and pumping iron.

Death Wish Coffee recalls canned range over potential botulism risk

World News: New York firm Death Wish Coffee has recalled a cold coffee range after tests showed there was potential for the drink to contain a deadly toxin.

Andre Ward stuns boxing world by announcing retirement

Sports News: Andre Ward has stunned the boxing world by announcing his immediate retirement.

Death Wish Coffee recalls canned range over potential botulism risk

Strange News: New York firm Death Wish Coffee has recalled a cold coffee range after tests showed there was potential for the drink to contain a deadly toxin.

Newer article

VIDEO: How Do I Talk To My Children About Grooming?

National News: As a report reveals the horrific sexual exploitation that went on in Rotherham - how to keep your children safe from being groomed

Older article

Prince George: First Official Photos Released

National News: Kensington Palace has confirmed that the Duchess of Cambridge's father, Michael Middleton, has taken the first official photographs of William, Kate and their son Prince George.

Pirate Extra My Music Radio Escape LoveCornwall