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This toddler received the gift of hearing just in time for Christmas

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Some of us might take the sights and sounds of Christmas for granted - but not the Quintanas.

Their daughter Arianna was born deaf, and her doctors said cochlear implants would not work.

“I knew there was something inside of me, telling me I had to do something - that I couldn’t give up,” said Arianna’s mother, Ivana Danschin.

Then, Danschin discovered a clinical trial in Boston for auditory brainstem implant surgery.

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“The best way to describe it is probably a bunch of little electric wires that connect to her brain stem,” said Arianna’s father, Giovanni Quintana.

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Arianna became the fifth baby in the country to receive the surgery, and it was a success.

“It was amazing. It was a miracle for me,” said Quintana.


Arianna can only hear loud noises right now, but doctors believe she will eventually be able to hear most sounds. The 2-year-old just returned to Virginia, and Sunday will be her first Christmas with her new gift.

“[Arianna] is my gift. She will always be my gift. And my gift for her is to be able to hear,” said Danschin.

(WJLA-TV News contributed to this report)

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