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Deaf Twin Sisters, 8, Adopted from Ethiopia, Get an Early Christmas Present: The Gift of Hearing (VIDEO)

Deaf sisters hear for the first time

Ruby Shasteen hears her mom for the first time

It was one year ago that twins Ruby and Kate were adopted by Chris and Al Shasteen in Sand Springs, Okla. The girls had been in an Ethiopian orphanage — abandoned two weeks apart.

Adding to the trauma of growing up in a war-torn country and without parents, both girls are deaf.

“Having their communication issue in a country like Ethiopia,” mom Chris Shasteen said, “Your future is not entirely bright.”

That all changed just a few weeks ago when the girls underwent a procedure to receive Cochlear implants to help them hear.

“Can you hear mama?” Chris asked daughter Ruby after she received hers. And she did.

If you believe in Christmas(time) miracles, then this video is for you:

http://youtu.be/lcQ9niSfpqo

Source: CNN

Photo & video credit: KFOR.com

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