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Deaf-Mute Couple Overcomes Odds to Save Newborn, Teaches Sign Language to Doctors

Hyderabad : In an extraordinary display of resilience and determination, a deaf-mute couple from Hyderabad, Marri Bhagyamma and Marri Raj Kumar, have overcome significant challenges to ensure the survival of their newborn twins. Marri Bhagyamma, 47, gave birth to twins prematurely after several unsuccessful pregnancies. The twins were born under complicated circumstances, with one child’s growth halted due to limited blood flow to the womb. The twins were immediately placed under observation due to their premature birth.

The couple, both deaf and mute, faced communication barriers with the medical team at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Kondapur. In a remarkable turn of events, Marri Raj Kumar, the father, took it upon himself to teach sign language to the doctors and staff to facilitate effective communication for the sake of his newborns. The medical team at KIMS demonstrated exceptional empathy and care by learning sign language within two weeks, enabling seamless communication with the couple. Dr Aparna Chandrasekaran, head of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and clinical director of neonatology, described it as a “whole new experience.” Unfortunately, the couple’s joy was short-lived as their baby boy developed a severe stomach infection and could not be saved despite immediate surgery. However, after 79 days of intensive care and treatment, their baby girl, who initially weighed only 540 grams, was discharged weighing a healthier 1.8 kg.

The couple’s dedication towards their baby has left a profound impact on the hospital staff. Ward shift in-charge D Sujata expressed her admiration for the couple’s commitment and was relieved to see the child looking much healthier during a recent checkup.

In a heartening development, it has been confirmed that the child can hear and speak. This story serves as a testament to the power of love, determination, and the will to overcome adversity. It also underscores the importance of accessibility and inclusive communication in healthcare settings.