Life Video

By David Aspinall

This is the adorable moment a deaf baby receives a mini-me doll and instantly notices the cochlear implants on the back of her head.

Little Annabelle Lawrence was instantly mesmerised when mum Sarah Jo hands her a bespoke doll at home in Boise, Idaho, USA.


The 23-month-old points directly at the blue patches where the imitation implants reside before feeling for the hearing aids on the back of her own head.

After pointing at the blue glasses – a mirror image of her own – Annabelle goes straight back to stroking the hearing aids before breaking out in a huge smile.

Having warmed to the stuffed toy quickly, the ecstatic toddler clutches ‘baby Annabelle’ by the hand, pulls her closer and gives her a huge kiss.

Sarah Jo said: “Her reaction totally blew me away, it’s something I’ve never seen before from her.


“Annabelle has a cabbage patch doll which she never pays attention to.

“She is very affectionate with the people she loves but has never been affectionate with an object, not even a special blanket.

Her reaction from immediately noticing the cochlear implant receivers, to holding her at arm’s length with a huge smile, to giving her a little kiss.

“I did not expect this at all and was really overwhelmed and grateful for the thoughtful, handmade gift.”

Born profoundly deaf, Annabelle received two hearing aids when she was just six-years-old.

After sharing a story with friends about her daughter being uninvited to day-care because they found out she had cochlear implants, Sarah Jo was inundated with messages.


Sarah Jo said: “One of the mothers in the group is an excellent seamstress.

“My little story had touched her, and she wanted to make Annabelle a little doll just like her.

“About a week later it came in the mail.

“I saw the package was from Marion Dwyer, so I got Annabelle in the living room and the video is her first time meeting the doll.

“I wanted Marion to see Annabelle meeting the doll she worked hard to sew for her.

“So far, we call her ‘baby Annabelle’ since she’s just a little version of herself.”