News

Deafness shutting mum out of her life

Single mother Kisha Leigh just wants to be able to hear Matthew and Taylor’s voices again.
Single mother Kisha Leigh just wants to be able to hear Matthew and Taylor’s voices again. Mike Richards

SINGLE mother of two Kisha Leigh went completely deaf two months ago and life has been hell ever since.

Ms Leigh is desperate to hear the voices of her teenage children Matthew, 15, and Taylor, 14, again.

Ms Leigh started going deaf in February but things improved when Connect Hearing Gladstone's Alan Fort gave her $10,000 hearing aids for free.

But since then her hearing has worsened; she has become completely deaf and her doctor said the only option was a cochlear implant that could take two to three years.

She said she doesn't know how she will last that long.

"The past two months have been hell," she said.

She can still talk but needs the conversation written down to be able to follow along.

"The kids are starting to feel the pressure. I can't even speak to my mum who lives three hours away. It is starting to get a hold of the kids.

"It's hard when they have a problem and can't tell me. They're more like the parents," she said.

Matthew finds it hard to tell his mum how his day is and how he is feeling.

"I just want to tell her I love her and tell her everything that is happening," he said.

"She doesn't enjoy stuff like she used to and doesn't go out and see her friends anymore."

Every morning Taylor sets several alarms at 3.45am so she can wake her mother for work at Silver Grill.

At work she has to get the customers to write down their orders making it hard to keep up her customer service.

At home, the children paying the bills over the phone.

The children are both working themselves, Matthew at Hungry Jacks and Taylor at McDonald's.

Kisha's friend, Claire Mortimer said she would pay the $30,000 for the implant if she could afford it.

"She is such a hard working and lovely person something should be done to help her," she said.

"The kids are being forced to grow up too quickly."

Topics:  cochlear implant, connect hearing, deaf, deafness, hearing aids, hearing impaired




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My son's death made a statement': Dad tells of heartache

David Henzell with his son James PHOTO: Facebook

"What freedom do we have if we can't bury our loved ones in peace?"

Why ratepayers will fork out for fake grass on roundabouts

ASTRO TURF: Toolooa St make over could save the council big bucks in the long run. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer

IT will save thousands and put an end to traffic jams.

Pop-up Enterprise bounces back tonight

POPPING UP: Luis Arroyo has big plans to get entrepreneurs from Gladstone the chance to run their own business. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer

“The life of the city is Lightbox and the GECC"

Latest deals and offers

Cameron Smith talks about 37 Origins

Cameron Smith, the most Origin games by a Queenslander.

Qld Captain Cameron Smith talks about his record-breaking 37 Origin appearances.

Life changing toolbox

Teen Bailee Baxter scores $1750 in equipment to help fulfill his dream of becoming...

Sandstone Stories: Cania Gorge

HELLO TOURISTS: Cania Gorge National Park is one of the prominent tourist attractions in the Central and North Burnett Times. Photo contributed by Tourism and Events Queensland

Sandstone Stories is a tourism initiative showcasing the Southern Great Barrier...

Gladstone's 10 cheapest houses for sale

ALL of the houses are selling for well under $200,000.

Gladstone hits top in state for vacancies

Gladstone has the highest residential rental vacancy rate in Qld