When Elva was pregnant with Genesis, her water broke early, at just five months. She spent the next two months on bed rest in the hospital until she began having labor pains, at which point, her daughter was born prematurely. The hospital kept Genesis for observation in the NICU, administering all the typical tests and monitoring her progress. Every test result came back normal, including the results of her hearing test.
But when Genesis was a few months old, Elva noticed something unusual about her daughter. Elva left the living room where they were playing and Genesis began to cry. When Elva came back into the room, Genesis was facing the other direction and couldn’t see her mother. “Genesis, I’m over here! Genesis!” said Elva. But Genesis didn’t turn to face her mother. Elva clapped, made noises, and tried to get Genesis’s attention. Nothing worked. Genesis didn’t seem able to hear her mother.