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Gift of hearing for toddler who beat death four times

Posted Jun 02 2009 3:30pm

Meningitis survivor Arthur Russell is finally enjoying a normal life after being on the brink of death four times.
Arthur became the youngest person in Scotland to be given cochlear implants when he was ten months-old.

Now 23 months-old, Arthur has started to show signs of musical talent by playing the piano. He’s too young to read music but he selects the notes he wants to play by watching the hammers strike the piano strings.

Arthur is also learning sign language along with his parents and two older brothers.

He can sign everything from "mum", "dad" and his brothers' names, to the nursery rhyme Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

His mother Rebecca, a lecturer in horticulture, said: "He is a very bright little boy and a very good communicator. I wouldn't say he is far behind his contemporaries.”

Children are not normally given a cochlear implant before they are a year old. But as meningitis can cause hardening of the inner ear, doctors decided to act fast and inserted Arthur's when he was only ten months.

Read the full story at the Daily Record.

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