This article was originally posted on
Feb 11, 2013,
Nov 18, 2015
When Dawn Keim gradually began losing her hearing fifteen years ago,
she was convinced she would never hear her loved ones ever again. Now,
thanks to a cochlear implant from Dr. William Slattery, she’s hearing
the voice of her eight-year-old son for the very first time.
Featured on the CBS daytime talk show “The Doctors,” as well as the Huffington Post, the touching video of Dawn’s first “hearing” encounter with her son has already gone viral.
mom, can you hear me?” Asher says walking into the room where his mom
has been waiting. Turning around in surprise, Dawn answers with an
Dr. Slattery, a 1984 grad of Olivet, performed the cochlear implant at the House Ear Clinic
in Los Angeles, Calif., where he is director of the Clinical Studies
Department. Regarded as one of the top physicians in his field, Dr.
Slattery’s research has focused on bringing hope and healing not only to
the deaf, but the profoundly deaf, in particular. Dr. Slattery has won
nearly every major award given in his profession and community. He has
served as a NASA Space Shuttle Physician and performed surgery on a
Who’s Who list of celebrities and national leaders — including the late
President of the United States Ronald Reagan.
contributions to the medical field, his love for the global Church, and
the manner in which he represents the University’s ideals, Olivet
recognized Dr. Slattery with the 2002 “O” Award, the highest honor given
to ONU alumni.