Deirdre Whelan nominated her father, Liam, for the #GiftOfHearing. Liam, who is 88, has overcome some serious health issues, including a stroke and triple by-pass, and he’s had a pacemaker installed. Despite health challenges, Liam is the sole carer of his wife, Margaret. He cooks, cleans, shops and washes, and cooks three meals a day for his beloved wife. His children make daily zoom calls to check in on their parents; however, Liam's struggling to hear their voices.
He’s also having trouble hearing the TV and Radio and the voice of Luke O’Neil, who Deirdre describes as “his new best friend.” To compound matters, Liam has macular degeneration, which threatens his vision, and requires frequent eye injections. As his vision is deteriorating, his ability to hear is more important than ever. This brave and resilient man is genuinely deserving of our help and the #GiftOfHearing.
Liam is now wearing new state-of-the-art hearing aids, and we hope that they will help him to connect with his family, hear his favourite TV programmes and listen to the voice of his new best friend.