Stellenbosch Implant Unit hails its progress to help with severe hearing loss

The Stellenbosch Implant Unit says it's provided six free operations to impoverished children with severe hearing loss.

Tygerberg Hospital. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN – The Stellenbosch Cochlear Implant Unit says it's been able to provide six free operations this year to impoverished children with severe hearing loss.

Yesterday, at Tygerberg Hospital, the unit celebrated three decades since the first cochlear implant in South Africa.

Several patients shared their stories of how the operation changed their lives.

The unit's co-ordinator Jenny Perold says they wouldn't have been able to do it without financial support.

“This year we have been able to implant six little children from very poor homes.”

Perold adds Tygerberg Hospital has also been a generous benefactor.

“Tygerberg Hospital gave us 16 implants and we can help adults and children.”