She Spent Her Whole Life Without Hearing a Single Sound. So When Joanne Milne She Hears Another’s Voice, She Knows How Wonderful It Is!

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Forty years ago, Joanne Milne entered this world completely deaf, and by her mid-20s was completely blind. She suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Usher syndrome, and spent most of her adult life unable to see or hear the world around her. Recently, the 40-year-old native of northern England underwent surgery to implant cochlear hearing aids. She waited four weeks for the day you see below – when her skull and inner ear had healed enough to turn the devices on. She calls this moment “the most emotional and overwhelming” experience in her whole life. And we believe her. It’s absolutely beautiful to see a life transformed, and the joy she feels is captured flawlessly. Hit play to see what we mean.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.