Deniliquin's Maisy Edwards, who was born profoundly deaf in both ears, is encouraging people to donate to the Deafness Foundation.TYLA HARRINGTON June 13, 2014 3:56am
Maisy Edwards refuses to let her hearing impairment hold her back.
The 10 year-old Edward Public School student was born profoundly deaf in both ears.
She was almost two when she received a cochlear implant and heard sound for the first time.
These days the inspiring youngster’s parents — Emma and Wayne — are almost run off their feet taking Maisy to a host of sporting events each week.
When she’s not playing sport, Maisy is encouraging people to donate to the Deafness Foundation by purchasing a $2 butterfly badge.
Maisy’s hearing is activated in a similar fashion to that of the butterfly, which does not have hearing but can feel vibrations.
Her artificial implant, which is inserted behind the left ear, produces hearing sensations by electrically stimulating nerves inside the inner eardrum. A small microphone is also attached to her ear to pick up sounds.
It’s these sounds that help Maisy to participate, and in many cases excel, in sports such as netball, basketball and more recently triathlon.
She is also heavily involved in her school’s sporting program and last Friday qualified for the senior girls relay to represent the school at the Riverina PSSA Athletics carnival in Albury on June 23.
Mum Emma praised her daughter’s determination while admitting she ‘‘didn’t inherit her sporting abilities from me’’.
‘‘She plays an abundance of sport — I think she may get that from her dad.
‘‘When her device falls off while she playing she stops and says, ‘My ears have come off’.
‘‘She’s a determined young girl who doesn’t let anything hold her back. The support from Edward Public School has also been fantastic.
‘‘The school has really jumped on board and (teacher) Sarah Young has really got behind Maisy and her sport.’’
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