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Donate to RIDBC and help kids like Lucy

“From the moment we got the news about Lucy, it was a whole new ball game,” says Lucy’s mother, Natalie. “Early intervention was essential for us. RIDBC has played such a critical role in our family since Lucy was just three months old.”

As an expectant mother, being kept in hospital for eight weeks before giving birth would be incredibly stressful. We can all understand that.

But that’s exactly what happened to Lucy’s mum, Natalie who now lives in Roseville, Sydney.

After eight long weeks in hospital, and still six weeks before her due date, Natalie gave birth to twin girls. The two babies, Lucy and Hannah, were both underweight and Lucy needed to stay in the Special Care Unit.

Very soon after birth, Lucy was diagnosed with profound hearing loss as well as mild cerebral palsy.

“From the moment we got the news about Lucy, it was a whole new ball game,” says Lucy’s mother, Natalie. “Early intervention was essential for us. RIDBC has played such a critical role in our family since Lucy was just three months old.”

“And having your hand held through the process has also been so reassuring,” she explains.

“RIDBC came in and began weekly individual or group sessions with Lucy when she was only three months of age.  Very soon after that, she received two hearing aids. Then in 2013, she received a cochlear implant through RIDBC’s cochlear implant program. Now she has the implant in one ear, and a hearing aid in the other.”

“Obviously, RIDBC has been an important part of our family all the way through.”

“Getting a cochlear implant was a huge decision for us, but I felt extremely confident  because of the time and reassurance RIDBC gave us.”

“Before the cochlear implant Lucy was definitely more frustrated, but now her learning is accelerating rapidly. She is so much more relaxed. You can feel it when you hug her!” 

“It’s been a massive learning curve for us,” says Natalie. “I have three daughters, so there is always lots going on, but RIDBC accommodates our whole family. Hannah, the twin sister, has been able to go to all of Lucy’s lessons.”

“Our RIDBC Early Learning Consultant, Lynne Richards, has done amazing things to get Lucy to laugh and talk. She has always made the lessons fun. Lucy loves them.”

“Lynne has also linked me with another family with a child who received a cochlear implant at the same time. It’s great to be able to support one another,” explains Natalie. “Due to the expert, ongoing support from RIDBC, Lucy attends a local preschool alongside her twin sister. In time they will go to the local school together, too. With her cochlear implant and the support she is receiving from RIDBC, I know Lucy has a very bright future. And it gets brighter all the time.”

The twins are now four-years-old. And believe it or not, despite the seriousness of her condition, Lucy’s language is on a par with other children her age. 

As you can see, this is wonderful, life-changing work. But all our efforts with children cost money, of course, and we really do need more financial support. Will you please send a gift so we can help Lucy and the many other children just like her? 

Please remember, Lucy is only one child. There are countless others out there who need our specialist expertise to change their futures. And we can only do it with your help.