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Mother Hears Children's Voices For The First Time

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One Wisconsin mother finally gets to hear her kids loud and clearly.

The mother works hard on getting her kids out the door and off to school every day, however, when her kids ask her simple questions, she can't hear them.

The only wish in life she ever had was to hear her children's voices.

Well, now thanks to surgery, that's about to happen

Doctors at Meriter Hospital performed surgery that allows her to hear using what is called a Baha device.

"I got five children, four girls and one boy," Lemaima Sagapolu said.

Sagapolu has heard very little sound since the time she was born.

"It's so hard to hear, but I pretend sometimes," Sagapolu said.

"With this technology basically we're able to get the sound directly to the inner ear. I tell patients it is sort of like if a bridge is out we're sort of finding an alternate way to get the sound to the inner ear," Dr. Neil Brown said.

"You know we take it for granted. You know her world is sitting around with conversation with friends not hearing everything and nodding her head just so she doesn't have to keep saying, excuse me can you repeat that. So she's excited for that," her fiancé Lamark Shackerford said.

The device is attached to the bone behind her ear, and once it heals her life will change forever. 

"It is such a gratifying thing. You're really basically giving someone their life back," Dr. Brown said.

"I'm able to hear them. I can hear everything now," Sagapolu said.

Dr. Brown performed this surgery nearly 100 times while at the Mayo Clinic, but this was the first time it was done at Meriter hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

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