Stranger Reunites Deaf Girl With Lost Cochlear Implant After Days Scouring Scarbrough Beach
A profoundly deaf eight-year-old girl has been reunited with a her lost cochlear implant thanks to a stranger who spent days scouring Scarborough beach for it after seeing her family's appeal on social media.The Mirror Online reported recently how Darcie Pallister lost her her Frozen-themed cochlear implant, an electronic device that helps her to hear, during a day out with her family in Scarborough.
The family desperately retraced their steps, searching every amusement arcade and shop and the full length of the beach in Scarborough before the tide started to come in.
Speaking to the Mirror Mel, from Hull said:
"Darcie was really upset because she couldn't hear from that side anymore and she had only just got used to the new sounds.
"I felt sick that we had lost something so valuable to my daughter. I was gutted for her."
Audiologists were able to give Darcie a replacement device but Mel had been advised to make every effort to find it.
The 28-year-old turned to social media to ask if anyone had seen the cochlear implant, an electric device which replaces the function of the damaged inner ear and transmits sound signals to the brain to help wearers hear.
Retired council worker Dominic Roe had been browsing Facebook when he came across the desperate post . Dominic, who lives in Scarborough, decided to make it his mission to find the device for the youngster and spent days walking the length of the beach.
After two days he discovered the hearing aid not far from where Darcie had lost it.
The 62-year-old good Samaritan told the Mirror:
"I saw the post on Facebook and it appealed to me - I had this feeling I would go and find it,
"This was about a week after it had went missing but it was a nice day so I went down and did my usual walk to see if I could spot it.
"I don't often go down on the beach but I went along there and didn't see it.
"The next morning I woke up and thought I'm going to find it. I was walking along when I saw this little mound of sand and thought 'this could be it'.
"I picked it up and lo and behold it was the cochlear implant. I took it home to clean it up and there was some bits missing but I still wanted to be able to give it back to the little girl."
Mel and partner Gareth, 36, arranged to drive to Scarborough to collect it the next day and Dominic handed it over in an envelope wrapped in a ribbon.
The mum-of-three said:
"I opened it up and there was the processor - it looked very scratched and smelt of sea water.
"I knew it wouldn't work anymore but it could be sent away and something could be done with it to offset the cost of the replacement.
"I couldn't thank him enough, he explained that he felt like he won the lottery when he has found it."
She also gave Dominic a thank you card from her daughter, who couldn't come to collect it as she was at school.
"I am so grateful to him for going to all the effort that he did, for my daughter. Not many people would have done that - I don't even know if I would have, and from the bottom of my heart I am so thankful to him."
Stranger Reunites Deaf Girl With Lost Cochlear Implant After Days Scouring Scarbrough Beach Reviewed by Editor on 23:30:00 Rating: