Patient told ‘you’ll die’ before getting cochlear implant on public waitlist

Profound hearing loss drove Warren Dellow to prematurely retire from his lifelong science career.

That was hard, but worse was to follow when he was told he would most likely die before receiving a cochlear implant through the public system.

Learning he would be waiting more than 10 years to hear the thrum of his motorbike or the song of native birds, the Nelson man decided to use his savings to pay for the $60,000 operation.

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