Palestinian Boy Travels to Toledo to Hear for the First Time

They say “It takes a village to raise a child” and after meeting 3-year-old Ammar, it’s easy to see why so many people would want to become part of his village. His bright smile is contagious.

Unable to hear since birth, Ammar traveled around the world from a Palestinian refugee camp to Toledo to receive the gift of hearing. It all began when an American nurse met Ammar during a mission trip, and brought his case to audiologist Randa Mansour-Shousher. From there, community organizations — including ProMedica, Palestine Children’s Relief Fund and Ronald McDonald House — worked together to get Ammar to this life-changing moment: The moment when he could finally hear.

Following a cochlear implant in one ear and a hearing aid in the other, the little boy, who struggled to express himself and interact with other children, has experienced a drastic life change. “His energy has skyrocketed. He’s so excited to hear sounds,” said Dr. Mansour-Shousher.

ProMedica HealthConnect Correspondent Chrys Peterson was there at ProMedica Toledo Hospital as this charming boy heard the world around him for the very first time.

Click on the video below to watch Ammar’s story.