When Carol Dianne Benjamin brought her baby Scarlet in for hearing aids, she didn’t realize how much of a difference they would make. But it turned out that the 11-month-old’s hearing issues were worse than she expected – and she could tell just by her sweet response!
Fortunately, the whole scene was captured on camera and it’s won the internet’s heart. Just wait until you see how Scarlet reacts to her big sister’s voice, which is absolutely priceless.
Little Scarlet arrived in the world three months early. Because she was a premature baby, she ended up developing a serious condition in her intestine called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
Carol wrote on Facebook:
“She ended up getting NEC (and certain stomach infection) and the antibiotics that she needed cause hearing loss.”
Scarlet’s mom explained that they didn’t think her hearing issues were too bad though. That’s because she would respond to sounds, making them believe “she could hear fairly well.”
Everything became clear the day they took Scarlet in for hearing aids. It transformed into a beautiful memory the family will never forget.
In the video, Scarlet is sitting on her mommy’s lap with her four-year-old sister by her side. The doctors had placed new hearing aids in the baby’s ears, and they were waiting to see how she would react to them.
Carol’s older daughter starts saying, “Baby sister. Baby sister!” That’s when the heart-melting moment occurs…
Scarlet starts belly-laughing over the sound of her sister’s voice.
After all that time, it was the first Scarlet was hearing it clearly – and she couldn’t hold back her true emotions. Carol immediately covers her mouth, stunned by what she’s witnessing.
The baby has the most joyful grin on her face as she listens to her sister and mom’s voices. In fact, she just can’t stop giggling over them! She seems pretty intrigued by her own voice as well.
Carol wrote in her Facebook post:
“Hearing aids make a WORLD of difference! I am so blessed and thankful for Atlanta Hearing Associates in Milledgeville for all that they have done for our baby girl.”
On top of the joy, mom also had some happy tears too. It was all just too precious for words, the reason Carol decided to share the video on social media.
She ended her post saying:
“Anyway, enjoy one of the absolute best days of our lives. By the way, I’m crying, you’re crying, everyone is crying.”
By no surprise, Baby Scarlet’s aww-worthy reaction to hearing her loved one’s voices went viral. On Carol’s page alone the video’s been watched more than 400,000 times.
CBS News picked up on the story and decided to share it with the world. They posted a version of the video on Facebook and it spread like wildfire. As of now, it has over 37 million views!
People couldn’t resist leaving comments on CBS’s page about the touching moment. One viewer shared:
“It must be amazing to look into the faces you gotten to know over the past few months and now be able to hear them. It’s a blessing and so heartwarming to see her laugh with such hearth. It makes you fall in love all over again.”
“Brings a tear to your eye. The things we take for granted.”
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“I’m crying, you’re crying, everyone is crying”: Watch this baby girl get her first hearing aids – and giggle uncontrollably at the sound of her big sister’s voice 💗 https://cbsn.ws/2spCdyh
Posted by CBS News on Monday, January 14, 2019