Social media loves a good baby video, but this one takes the cake! In August of 2017, Christy Keane gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Though her daughter was healthy and happy, Christy soon learned that baby Charly was profoundly deaf. Charly’s emotional reaction to hearing her mom say “I love you” for the first time has gone viral, and rightfully so.
The 2-month-old recently got hearing aids, and the family decided to release the video of her first moments hearing. The video now has 19 million views!
Christy Keane wrote on Instagram, “We had our miracle moment that I have been praying for when Char got her hearing aids today. We didn’t think she would hear anything so this was more incredible than I can put in to words. Her journey to implants and language development is off to an amazing start.”
Christy and her husband were shocked to learn their little girl was deaf. There was no warning that their child would have the congential condition, nor had they spent any time around deaf people at all. During Deaf Awareness Week this year, Christy took to Instagram.
It still feels strange to say out loud- our daughter is deaf. To be honest, it still doesn't fully seem real. Like what? How can this sweet, perfect baby not hear me? She never heard me tell her how much I prayed for her when she was in my belly, she never heard me welcome her in to the world, she's never heard me sing her to sleep-and the hardest to handle- she's never heard me say "I love you". Sometimes I worry the darkness and silence must feel overwhelmingly lonely and scary for her at night. I pray my touch and presence is enough to reassure her throughout the day. There are still heartbreaking truths in our otherwise hopeful situation- but I choose not to dwell on that too much. When this sweet child locks her eyes on mine, I just know she feels our love for her, our protection, and our hopes. . This #deafawarenessweek I want you all to know I am so PROUD to be the mother of a deaf child. To me, Charly is perfect and I wouldn't change her for the world. God chose her for our family and the perspective and love she has brought to our lives in the last 7 weeks is overwhelming and amazing. My only hope is that our story may change your perspective as well and that you all choose to embrace her with your love and support as we embark on her hearing journey! . Today, my darling Charly, You wont know our voices, but you will know our touch, our smell, and our eyes. Is that enough? I pray it is. No- it WILL be! It has to be for now, and we will make sure all of your needs are met with everything that we have. You won't hear us tell you "I love you", but I promise you will feel it. With every touch, look, and smile, you will feel our love surrounding you sweet girl. No matter what this journey brings, we will love you through it. Today, and everyday, hearing or not, I am so proud to be your mom, I am so happy you were promised to our family. I can't wait to witness your miracles and watch you move mountains. #darlingcharly#charlyshearingjourney#profoundhearingloss#deaf#cochlearimplants#CIjourney#cochlear#congenitalhearingloss
In the video we see Christy talking to Charly, and get to witness the little girl’s amazing reaction. She moves between emotional, tearing up and smiling at her mom’s voice. Christy says she didn’t originally intend to make the video public, but that family and friends were determined to see the beautiful moment too. “I thought, ‘Oh, what’s the harm? I’ll make it public,” she says. “And then, I think I woke up the next day with a thousand shares and by Monday it had hit a million.”
Christ says her military husband was the one who filmed the video, and he got choked up in the moment too. “He was as emotional as I was,” Christy said. “All this time that we had spent sad that she wasn’t able to hear us, all that pain went away.”