[:de]Die etwas andere Hilfe[:ru]Sometimes we need to help differently[:en]Sometimes we need to help differently[:]

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Erzählt von Klaus Gollnick, August 2016

Wenn ein Kind in einer Familie mit mehreren Geschwistern mit einem CI versorgt wird, bereitet man die Geschwister dieses frischen CI Trägers normalerweise vorsichtig auf die neue Situation vor, damit es keine Scheu oder Berührungsängste gibt, wenn der Bruder oder die Schwester pötzlich mit solch einem sichtbaren Gerät am Kopf herumläuft, das Sprachprozessor genannt wird. Aber manchmal kommt es anders und auch dann ist unsere Hilfe gefragt, aber eben anders, wie die folgende Geschichte zeigt.

Chyngyz aus der kirgisischen Hauptstadt Bischkek ist eines von mittlerweile 9 glücklichen kirgisischen Kindern, die mit Hilfe der Prof. Ernst Lehnhardt Stifung ein CI System bekommen konnte. Der kleine Chyngyz ist im Mai 2 Jahre alt geworden, hat eine Zwillingsschwester Jyldyz und einen 3 Jahre älteren Bruder Alihan, beide glücklicherweise ohne Hörprobleme. Nach der erfolgreichen Operation, die der russische Spezialist Prof. Vladimir Fedoseev aus Moskau im Mai an Chyngyz’ zweitem Geburtstag durchführte, sahen die Geschwister hinterher ihren Bruder mit einem großen Kopfverband herumlaufen und ich bin sicher, keiner wollte in dieser Situation mit ihm tauschen.

Als aber 4 Wochen später der Sprachprozessor angepaßt wurde und Chyngyz diesen stolz überall zeigen konnte, war das Interesse der beiden Geschwister unerwartet groß. Alihan zweifelte plötzlich an seinem Hörvermögen und versuchte seine Mutter zu überzeugen, dass er möglicherweise auch solch ein Gerät benötigte.Bei Jyldyz aber entwickelte sich eine sehr rege Aktivität, ihrem Zwillingsbruder den Sprachprozessor unter allen Umständen abspenstig zu machen. Das fand Chyngyz nach anfänglichem Stolz über die Aufmerksamkeit schließlich nicht mehr lustig, und als seine Mutter Nadira mir von Jyldyz Hartnäckigkeit berichtete, versprach ich, wir würden nach einer Lösung zu suchen.

Bei der deutschen Niederlassung der Firma Cochlear in Hannover fand ich die erhoffte Unterstützung . Man erklärte sich bereit, ein Stofftier für Jyldyz zur Verfügung zu stellen. Das hörte sich gut an. Aber es war nicht irgendein Stofftier, sondern ein Koalabär, der beidseitig mit einem abnehmbaren Sprachprozessor ‘versorgt’ war. Über diese Lösung war ich sehr froh, wobei ich vor Freude vergaß, nach der Größe des plüschigen CI Trägers zu fragen. Ich bat, den Bären an Frau Dr. Lehnhardt zu schicken, denn die würde, welch glücklicher Umstand, in Kürze nach Bischkek fliegen, um dort an weiteren 4 Operationen teilzunehmen und die sich langsam entwickelnde Elternschaft von CI versorgten Kindern mit Rat und Tat zu unterstützen.

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Frau Dr. Lehnhardt erklärte sich natürlich sofort bereit, den Koalabären mit auf die Reise zu nehmen, wies mich aber daruf hin, dass er im Koffer keinen Platz finden würde. Dafür sei er zu groß. Oh, wie groß denn? Nun, er sei gut im Arm zu tragen! Ach so!
Somit begab sich die Präsidentin der Prof. Ernst Lehnhardt Stiftung auf die Reise mit ihrem zotteligen Begleiter im Arm, der auf den beiden Flugabschnitten im Flugzeug auf dem Sitz neben ihr Platz nehmen durfte, das Ambiente in der Lounge beim Stopover in Istanbul sichtlich genoß und gut gelaunt in Bischkek aus dem Flugzeug getragen wurde.

Als dann Nadira, der Mutter der drei Geschwister, der Reisebegleiter übergeben wurde und Jyldyz ihren neuen Freund in die Arme schließen konnte, begann für den Koalabären seine Rolle als Mediator. Jetzt war für Jyldyz der Sprachprozessor ihres Bruders nicht mehr so interessant und dank der beiden abnehmbaren Sprachprozessoren, die der Koala mitgebracht hatte, konnte nun jedes der drei Kinder seinen eigenen Sprachprozessor tragen.

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Die Welt war wieder im Gleichgewicht.[:ru]

IMG_8720Narrated by Klaus Gollnick, August 2016

When a child of a family with siblings receives a CI, everybody involved normally tries to sensibly prepare the brothers and sisters of this fresh CI recipient to cope with the new situation to avoid being shy or having fears of contact when their brother or sister suddenly shows up with a to everybody visible strange device at their head called speech processor.
However, sometimes things develop differently and even then we offer help, but just differently as the following story tells.

Chyngyz from the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek is one of meanwhile 9 lucky Kyrgyz children who received a CI system through the help of Prof. Ernst Lehnhardt Foundation. Little Chyngyz who reached the age of two in May, has a twin sister Jyldyz and a five years old brother Alihan, both without hearing problems fortunately.
After the successful surgery which the Russian specialist Prof. Vladimir Fedoseev from Moscow performed on Chyngyz’ second birthday in May, both siblings saw their brother afterwards walking around with a large head bandage, and I am sure none of them was willing to swap with him.
When the speech processor was fitted 4 weeks later, however, and Chyngyz could proudly present it, both siblings unexpectedly showed big interest in the device.

Alihan was not sure anymore whether he could still hear properly or not and tried to convince his mother that he most probably might need such a device as well. Jyldyz however developed an intensive activity to take the speech process away from her twin brother by all means. At the beginning Chyngyz was pleased with the obvious attention, but finally was not amused anymore and when his mother told me about Jyldyz’ persistence I promised we will look for a solution.

I found support I was hoping for at the German branch of the company Cochlear in Hanover. They agreed to provide me with a soft toy. That sounded great. However, it was not just any kind of soft toy, but a Koala bear, which had ‘received’ a removable speech processor on each side. This solution was fantastic, and I was so happy that I forgot to ask the size of this fluffy CI recipient. I kindly asked to send Koala to Dr. Lehnhardt,, who, what a lucky coincidence, would shortly fly to Bishkek attending four more surgeries and supporting the gradually developing parents community of CI supplied children with help and advice.

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Dr.Lehnhardt, of course, accepted to take the Koala bear with her on her journey, but informed me that it would not fit into her bag. It was too big. Oh, how big? Well, you can easily carry it in your arms! Oh, I see!
So, the President of Prof. Ernst Lehnhardt Foundation started her journey holding her fluffy companion in her arms until it took the seat next to her on the two sections of her flight enjoying even the lounge ambience during the stopover in Istanbul and was carried out of the aircraft in Bishkek obviously in good mood.

When Nadira, the mother of the three siblings received the travel companion and Jyldyz afterwards could embrace her new friend Koala’s new role as mediator started. And it worked! Now the speech processor of her brother was of minor interest to Jyldyz and thanks to the removable speech processors which Koala brought with him each of the three siblings could ‘carry’ its own speech processor.

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The world was back in balance.

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IMG_8720Narrated by Klaus Gollnick, August 2016

When a child of a family with siblings receives a CI, everybody involved normally tries to sensibly prepare the brothers and sisters of this fresh CI recipient to cope with the new situation to avoid being shy or having fears of contact when their brother or sister suddenly shows up with a to everybody visible strange device at their head called speech processor.
However, sometimes things develop differently and even then we offer help, but just differently as the following story tells.

Chyngyz from the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek is one of meanwhile 9 lucky Kyrgyz children who received a CI system through the help of Prof. Ernst Lehnhardt Foundation. Little Chyngyz who reached the age of two in May, has a twin sister Jyldyz and a five years old brother Alihan, both without hearing problems fortunately.
After the successful surgery which the Russian specialist Prof. Vladimir Fedoseev from Moscow performed on Chyngyz’ second birthday in May, both siblings saw their brother afterwards walking around with a large head bandage, and I am sure none of them was willing to swap with him.
When the speech processor was fitted 4 weeks later, however, and Chyngyz could proudly present it, both siblings unexpectedly showed big interest in the device.

Alihan was not sure anymore whether he could still hear properly or not and tried to convince his mother that he most probably might need such a device as well. Jyldyz however developed an intensive activity to take the speech process away from her twin brother by all means. At the beginning Chyngyz was pleased with the obvious attention, but finally was not amused anymore and when his mother told me about Jyldyz’ persistence I promised we will look for a solution.

I found support I was hoping for at the German branch of the company Cochlear in Hanover. They agreed to provide me with a soft toy. That sounded great. However, it was not just any kind of soft toy, but a Koala bear, which had ‘received’ a removable speech processor on each side. This solution was fantastic, and I was so happy that I forgot to ask the size of this fluffy CI recipient. I kindly asked to send Koala to Dr. Lehnhardt,, who, what a lucky coincidence, would shortly fly to Bishkek attending four more surgeries and supporting the gradually developing parents community of CI supplied children with help and advice.

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Dr.Lehnhardt, of course, accepted to take the Koala bear with her on her journey, but informed me that it would not fit into her bag. It was too big. Oh, how big? Well, you can easily carry it in your arms! Oh, I see!
So, the President of Prof. Ernst Lehnhardt Foundation started her journey holding her fluffy companion in her arms until it took the seat next to her on the two sections of her flight enjoying even the lounge ambience during the stopover in Istanbul and was carried out of the aircraft in Bishkek obviously in good mood.

When Nadira, the mother of the three siblings received the travel companion and Jyldyz afterwards could embrace her new friend Koala’s new role as mediator started. And it worked! Now the speech processor of her brother was of minor interest to Jyldyz and thanks to the removable speech processors which Koala brought with him each of the three siblings could ‘carry’ its own speech processor.

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The world was back in balance.

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