A US man has proposed as soon as his partner regained his hearing after having cochlear implants fitted.
Louisiana man Kerry Kennedy and his now-fiancé Hayward Duresseau faced a brutal six month road to recovery after meningitis robbed Duresseau of his hearing.
Hospitalised for three weeks, the man lost his sight, his hearing and he became paralysed from the waist down.
He recovered his sight and mobility in the following months but struggled to communicate. The couple quickly taught each other as much sign language as possible.
“I could see everything that was going on – I could communicate, but the world couldn’t communicate back with me,” he told Buzzfeed.
“He would place the ‘I love you’ sign on my leg or on my back, and that’s when I knew I could go to sleep.”
After Duresseau’s six motnh recovery, Kennedy realised he wanted to spend the rest of his life with his partner.
Hayward was approved for cochlear implants, which replace the function of the damaged inner ear.
The moment he switched them on was Kerry’s cue to pop the question, and the touching video has gone viral on Facebook.
Writing to his new fiance, Kerry wrote on Facebook, “These have been some of the most challenging months of our lives, but we made it together. Today your cochlear implant was turned on for the first time.
“For the first time in 6 months, you were able to hear me, and I knew exactly what I wanted to ask you. When you said ‘Yes’ today, that made all the challenges worth it.
“I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you, Hayward Duresseau.”
Watch the heartwarming proposal below: