When Alistair Campbell’s 6-year-old daughter Charlotte received her second cochlear implant, he wanted to show his support. So he got a cochlear implant too.
But there’s only one big difference — his is a tattoo.
Campbell told the New Zealand Herald that he chose the ink to show his daughter how much he loves her. He shaved his head for the procedure, but isn’t worried about losing his locks. “My hair will grow back,” he said. He also wouldn’t be opposed to shaving it again if he or Charlotte ever wants to show off the tattoo.
Charlotte’s mother, Anita, told the Herald that Charlotte thinks her dad’s new ink is “cool” — though she may not have grasped its significance yet.
In the meantime, Charlotte’s new implant is helping her hear more sound than she ever has before. It’s also easier for her to discern from which direction sounds are originating.
But according to Mary Jane Boland, the fundraising and communication manager of Hearing House, “The key thing is that Charlotte does all the things hearing kids can do. She lives a really ordinary life.”