A 10-year-old girl has is able to hear thanks to a 'bionic ear', ABC News reports.
Sammie Hicks, who was born with a genetic mutation in her ears, has been deaf for much of her life.
But the brave little girl, who has learned to read lips, said she hasn't allowed her disability to slow her down.
"Just because you're deaf, doesn't mean you can't go and do the things you want to do," she said in an interview with ABC News.
Recently, a life-changing moment shook Sammie's world. The little girl learned that her insurance would cover the cost of a cochlear implant -- a device that would help her hear again.
In the hope that her story might inspire others, the Texas girl started keeping a video diary to document the whole process.
After undergoing a successful implant surgery in April, Sammie finally got her 'bionic ear' activated earlier this month.
In the video clip from her diary that documents that special day, Sammie is seen to visibly jump when the audiologist activates the implant.
"It sounds weird," she said aloud. "Hey! I sound weird."
It was a joyful, emotional moment.
Sammie soon began to cry.
"I asked her why she cried," her father, Brian Hicks, told ABC News. "She said, 'It was overwhelming. But the reason I really cried? I couldn't believe all the stuff I was missing.'"
Though exhausted from all the new sounds in her ears, Sammie is readjusting well.
"If you couldn't hear something that everyone else did then you get it and you can hear it and then your whole world is different," she said in a video entry recorded before her surgery.
According to Sammie's diary, her 8-year-old brother, Jacob, is also hearing impaired and will soon be getting his own cochlear implant.
Visit Sammie's video diary here.