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Loving dad gets tattoo of cochlear implant to match his daughter

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A loving father made a touching gesture towards his deaf daughter by getting tattoo on his head of a cochlear implant. Alistair Campbell from New Zealand got an image of the hearing device inked over his ear to mark his daughter Charlotte getting her second implant put in at only 6 years of age.

The procedure was carried out at Gillies Hospital after it was felt that Charlotte needed an upgrade on her original cochlear implant from when she was 4 years old. This implant will work better at transmitting sound signals to her brain so she will better be able to tell which direction sounds are coming from.

The tattoo itself took about 45 minutes to get done and it is all the more special as Campbell had his head shaved to do it and he does not have any other tattoos on his body. When Charlotte saw the end result, it made her giggle with joy as she reached out to touch it, calling it "cool".

Campbell told Buzzfeed News that the main reason he did it is for "My love for her really". But he also indicated that not everybody appreciates what he did for his daughter saying "The reactions have been overwhelming, mostly positive. Some negative comments have surfaced, they don’t bother me, we’re doing what is best for our daughter and our family."

Campbell's wife Anita also has a cochlear implant and his son Lewis wears a hearing aid making Charlotte's diagnosis less of a surprise. Needless to say, the images of Alistair and Charlotte lovingly embracing have gone viral online with floods of positive messages coming in for the pair.

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