Jack’s Early Intervention story is a story of hope and hard work. There have been times of good years and times of sad tears.

Jack was born at 23 weeks and 5 days gestation. During his 167 days in the NICU he was given multiple rounds of the antibiotic Gentamicin, had an extremely high bilirubin, and spent more than 9 weeks on a ventilator; all of these things were contributing factors to Jack being profoundly deaf. We tried hearing aids to no avail and as we were starting to go through the process of getting him cochlear implants in North Carolina, we moved to Oregon for a better job opportunity this prolonging Jacks time with access to sound.

In July of 2018 Jack finally got his cochlear implants at the age of 18 months old. He immediately started receiving early intervention services. What a difference life has been. Jack now is able to communicate fairly well his wants, needs, and desires. After being activated for only 8 months he says about 10 words, understands so many words, and is able to follow simple commands. He loves music and loves to dance and sing along to music he hears, even stopping a previous activity to look for the source of music and dance to it. He is such a happy and loving little boy.

Without access to the education that we receive our process would be much slower and his results not nearly as remarkable.

Melissa Redmond

Columbia County