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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Surgeons give Mongolian girl gift of hearing
Hong Kong South China Morning Post 3Feb00 N1
By Ella Lee

HONG KONG, CHINA -- Nine-year-old Chimegsaikhan Yadamjav from Ulan Bator, Mongolia can hear normally, thanks to LDS missionaries who helped her get an operation in Hong Kong that increased the hearing in her left ear to 80 percent of normal. Yadamjav is completely deaf in the other ear.

Yadamjav became deaf after running a high fever when she was six months old. An LDS doctor on a mission to Mongolia examined her recently and determined that her deafness could be treated. However, the family of six, which lives on Yadamjav's father's truck driver salary of $300 a month, had no way to afford the operation, which would cost about $50,000.

LDS congregations in Hong Kong then stepped in, raising the money for the operation, and Yadamjav and her family traveled to Hong Kong for the operation. Surgeons at Adventist Hospital in Hong Kong operated on Thursday, January 27th and removed the infected tissue and bones in her left ear.

Yadamjav now tells her mother that she is happy to hear music for the first time. Missionary Mary Cook, who has been assisting the family while they are in Hong Kong says, "She seems to enjoy music very much. She kept ringing the door bell and shouting I hear! I hear! She is so excited." Her father, Yadamjav Ganbold, told the South China Morning Post, "I want to express my sincere gratitude. My daughter is so lucky that she was chosen to receive the treatment."

Prior to the operation, Yadamjav had to attend a special school and could communicate only through sign language. Now she will be able to attend the same school as most other students.


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