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Mesquite boy gets gift of hearing for Christmas

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Imagine a world without sound. That's what life has been like for a little Mesquite boy robbed of hearing.

But Tuesday, the world of Jeremy Lopez opened up after anonymous donors gave him what he had been forced to live without.

Dr. Naikai Butler brought the gift to 8-year-old Lopez.

"He's had several surgeries for his ears, and he was left with permanent hearing loss," said Butler.

His hearing loss has made learning difficult, and his school district allowed his mother to rent hearing aids for him at school, which helped tremendously.

"He went from making zeros to 100s," said Lopez's mom, Elizabeth.

Still, Lopez couldn't hear at home. His mother couldn't afford the $3,000 hearing aids.

"Just recently, there's been some changes in the health care insurance here in Texas, and it's caused a lot of kids who have hearing loss, where their insurance won't cover the actual hearing aids," said Butler.

Butler complained about the changes, so some of her friends donated hearing devices to her office.

As a result, Lopez can now hear at home.

"Jeremy will be able to go outside…he'll be able to go outside and play," said Elizabeth. "I live in a nice neighborhood, but the one thing he depends on is hearing."

Lopez asked Santa for red hearing aids, and that's what he got.

"I'm glad that we got this donation and we're able to provide it for Jeremy," said Butler.

"Whoever donated the money or donated the equipment, I thank you from the bottom of my heart," said Elizabeth.

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