Before her 1st birthday, Chloe Ring was diagnosed as deaf and registered blind. But Chloe's parents didn't want the disabilities to interfere with their daughter's ability to communicate, so they pursued an operation that would allow the toddler to hear.
In a video filmed after the surgery, the then-14-month-old girl hears for the first time thanks to cochlear implants, and cracks a smile when she picks up all the new sounds.
Following the 2009 operation, it wasn't long before Chloe mumbled her first words, United Kingdom-based charitable organization Sense reported. Now, at 5 years old, Chloe has adjusted well and is even participating in her classroom of regular education students.
"Opportunities have opened up in front of our little girl," Chloe's mother Jane Ring said, according to The Daily Star. "You could tell she was bright before, but so much of life was cut off from her. But now, she is active, and she is an amazing chatterbox."
See how Chloe is doing now in a video of the 5-year-old at school below.