Deaf News: Eastenders star describes “hurt” she felt after being told decision to give daughter a cochlear implant was “abuse”

Posted on December 3, 2012

Many deaf people cringed at the moment in the BBC’s documentary earlier this year about Eastenders star Rita Simons and her deaf daughter, when the star was told by a deaf woman that giving her daughter a cochlear implant would equate to “abuse.”

Now Simons has revealed how she felt in an interview with Hello magazine, describing the “extraordinary” hostility she feels that she and her husband Theo encountered in making their decision.

Simons told Hello! magazine the hostility “comes mainly from people who firmly believe that deafness should be embraced rather than treated as a physical deficiency that should be corrected.”

In the interview, she says that while she respects the point of view of those who are against cochlear implants, “when a 19-year-old girl told me that I was an ‘abuser’ to let my child have a cochlear implant, I was horrified and deeply hurt.”

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Further reading: Blog by Ian Noon on informed choice, responding to the documentary:

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