The sweet moment that a Georgia baby heard for the first time was captured and shared on Facebook by the eleven-month-old's ecstatic family. Scarlet Benjamin, who was born three months early and drew a serious bacterial infection in the NICU, was equipped with hearing aids and finally tested them on Thursday.
"We've spent the last 8 months going back and forth to Athens, Milledgeville and Augusta to try to figure out where she was on the spectrum," Carol Benjamin, Scarlet's mom, told Fox 5 Atlanta. "No one could get a good read about her scans."
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According to Benjamin, her daughter had contracted necrotizing enterocolitis after birth and the medication that she needed to treat intestinal infection caused hearing loss.
In the video published on Facebook, baby Scarlet can be seen and heard spreading in laughter at the sound of her mother and big sister's voice after being equipped with her hearing aid.
"It has been a long and emotional experience," wrote Benjamin partly on Facebook. "She responded to most sounds so we thought she could hear quite well. After what I am witnessing today it was not as good as I thought. Hearing aids make a world of difference!"
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