The day that a deaf woman received a cochlear implant became even more memorable when her boyfriend asked her to marry him.
A video posted by the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Wednesday shows Andrea Diaz reacting to the implant -- which is a surgically implanted electronic device that can replace the function of a damaged inner ear. It works by picking up and processing sounds, then delivering them directly to a person’s brain. Shortly after Diaz, overcome with emotion, confirms that she can hear, her boyfriend, Kevin Peakman, has a surprise for her.
"I wanted to make one of the first things that you hear…" he said, trailing off and pulling out a box with a ring. "Because I love you so much and you’re my best friend, baby. I wanted to make the first thing you hear me asking you to marry me."
It’s not totally clear if Dias has been deaf for her whole life, or was born able to hear but lost her hearing at some point. A representative of UMMC was not immediately available for comment.
Either way, we’re happy to say she said yes.