Welcoming a child into the world is one of the most magical moments any mother can experience, and they can’t wait to hold their baby in their arms for the very first time. While a large portion of pregnant mothers welcome their healthy son or daughter without any complication at all, there are others who aren’t so lucky. However, one mom wasn’t going to let her daughter suffer for the rest of her life, and she knew her decision was worth it when her daughter heard her sister’s voice for the very first time.
A Premature Baby
When Carol Dianne Benjamin discovered that she was pregnant for the second time, she was over the moon. She couldn’t wait for her daughter to have a little sister, and she was excited to expand her brood. However, her second pregnancy wasn’t as easy as the first. Scarlet Benjamin was premature and was born three months earlier than expected. Because of this, she wasn’t as strong as she could have been, and she struggled to fight an infection just a few days into her life. In fact, she contracted necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) incredibly early on and was prescribed antibiotics to treat the condition. Although the intestinal disease cleared up, the antibiotics had a stark effect on the baby, and Scarlet suffered from hearing loss.
Only A Small Portion
Although Carol knew that her newborn daughter would struggle with hearing for the rest of her life, she had no idea just how little her baby could hear. After all, she would react to certain sounds during the day and the night, and her mom just assumed that these sounds were a little quieter to her than the rest of the population. However, it wasn’t until Scarlet received her first pair of hearing aids that Carol learned just how little her baby could hear.
An Incredible Moment
When Scarlet made her way to the doctor’s office to have her hearing aids fitted, the incredible moment was caught on camera. As soon as Scarlet’s big sister started to talk, the 11-month-old erupted into uncontrollable laughter. She had never heard her sister’s voice like that, and it was a hugely emotional moment for everyone in the room.
Scarlet was obviously incredibly happy to hear her big sister for the first time, and the video has since become a viral sensation.