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Baby becomes youngest cochlear implant recipient in Ireland

Posted Apr 19 2011 11:52am

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A baby who contracted a potentially deadly strain of meningitis has become the youngest person in Ireland to be fitted with cochlear implants.

The Irish Sun and Irish Daily Mirror report that nine-month-old Liam Coughlan from Cork lost his hearing after contracting a severe form of meningitis that affects the brain last December.

The severity of the situation meant that little Liam did not have to wait the normal six-month period for implants because of the concerns that the effects of meningitis might damage his ears irreparably.

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