5-year-old Katlego Phosoko was born in 2012 and resides South East of Limpopo. He was his mother’s second child and he weighed only 2.7 kg’s at birth. Motor milestones were achieved within the expected norms, but he never started to say any words and his mother also noticed that he didn’t respond to any sound. A profound hearing loss in both ears was diagnosed at the age of 1 after an ABR hearing assessment, and he subsequently received his first hearing aids. It is believed that the cause of his hearing loss is most likely due to a virus and other complications at birth.
He was further assessed by a team of specialists and found to be a good candidate for a cochlear implantation from a medical viewpoint. Implanting Katlego will give him access to sound, which will provide him with the only chance of age appropriate speech and language development. This will help him perform better at school and provide him the opportunity to a better education resulting in independent employment as an adult in the future. Together with his single mother, the family faces huge financial difficulties and fundraising was needed before the implant procedure could continue. The Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in SA supported Katlego with R50 155.00 and the remaining short fall of R31 552.00 was generously sponsored by the lovely Caring Daisies. Katlego is booked for his Cochlear Implant on 31 March 2017 and we look forward to joining Katlego on his hearing journey.
Click here to read the letter from the Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in SA.