34 years ago: Implant history was made in Australia

On June 4, 1987, 4-year-old Holly McDonell (now Holly Taylor) of Sydney, Australia became the first child to receive a commercial multi-channel cochlear implant system (Nucleus made by Cochlear, LTD).


McDonell became profoundly deaf from a bout with bacterial meningitis. Holly still has her original implant and had several sound processor upgrades.



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