How far would you go to help your child feel like they fitted in, even if they were just a little different? Alistair Campbell, the father of little Charlotte, who has to wear cochlear implants, knows just how far he would go.
Six-year-old Charlotte has had implants since the age of four. Her mother says she was not surprised, as her mother and her son have to where hearing aids. She also said that feelings were “up and down” as Charlotte’s diagnosis went from just a mild hearing impairment to being profoundly deaf in her left ear. She also had a condition that limits the ability to transmit sound to her brain in her right ear.
In support of his daughter, Mr. Campbell, who has no other tattoos, shaved his head and got a tattoo of a cochlear implant.
Campbell said he wanted to do it to show her that he could go through a little bit of pain for her too.
“My love for her really,” he said. “Hey, my hair can grow back,” wrote the NZ Herald.
The cochlear implant was designed to help people who are profoundly deaf or have severe hearing loss. The sad thing is it doesn’t work for everyone, but when it does work, it helps users to better understand speech as well as hear sounds.
In 2015, Charlotte had a second cochlear implant installed to help improve her hearing. Her dad came up with a genius way to show his support. Even though Charlotte already had one implant, going under the knife a second time (especially at such a young age) was pretty scary. When it came time for her second cochlear surgery, her dad, Alistair, came up with a genius idea: Dedicate his very first tattoo to his brave little girl, wrote Up Worthy.
When Charlotte saw her dad’s version of a cochlear implant, she giggled, touched it, and told him it was “cool.” Charlotte’s mum, Anita Campbell, wasn’t so sure her daughter had quite grasped the significance of the tattoo yet.
The Hearing House fundraising and communications manager, Mary Jane Boland, said this second implant would give Charlotte “more sound” and help her better distinguish the direction it’s coming from. “But the key thing is Charlotte does all the things hearing kids can do,” she said. “She lives a really ordinary life.”
It’s great to see a caring father do something for his daughter that will leave a lasting impression.