Thieves take boy’s ability to hear after stealing cochlear implant

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COLUMBUS, IN (WTHR) — Thieves in Indiana got more than technology when they broke in a vehicle last week.

They literally stole a young boy’s ability to hear. They took the device that allows him to hear, through a cochlear implant.

Last Tuesday 4-year-old Sora experienced hearing in his left ear for the very first time.

He’d just received his second cochlear implant and all the accessories and parts to make it work – battery, microphone, processor – a backpack and box full of equipment. But when they got home from the doctor that day, mother Laura Coate says Sora was throwing a tantrum.

So mom took her son inside and left the backpack in her car, which was parked outside her apartment. The next morning, everything was gone.

“There was a big hole on his side of the car. It was just busted glass,” Laura Coate recalls.

Among other things, the thieves took essential equipment for Sora’s cochlear implant, that was worth at least $1,000.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Columbus Police Lt. Matt Harris. “This item is of absolutely no value to them. But it means everything to this little boy.”

Police are now asking the thieves to return the implants, no questions asked.

“If they want to leave it somewhere, make an anonymous phone call, you know whatever they feel they need to do so we can get it back to him,” Harris said.

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