People's stories

Through these revealing stories, discover how our work has helped some deafblind children and adults around the world lead better and fuller lives.

  • Madalina's story

    Madalina's story

    Madalina is 19 and has both hearing and visual problems. She was included in mainstream education until 2013, where she asked her parents to be...

  • Denisa's story

    Denisa's story

    After her mother contracted Rubella during pregnancy, Denisa from Romania developed congenital Rubella syndrome, causing deafblindness.

  • Lisa's story

    Lisa's story

    Lisa was just two months old when she was identified as having CHARGE syndrome. Mara and a team of specialists at the support centre have worked...

  • Denisa's story

    Denisa's story

    During the first two months of her pregnancy, Denisa's mother contracted rubella. Denisa developed congenital rubella syndrome, and doctors were...

  • Ioana's story

    Ioana's story

    Ioana was born with a series of health problems that doctors struggled to diagnose. She seemed unresponsive and doctors confirmed she has little...

  • Bianca's story

    Bianca's story

    Bianca was born in June 2008 in Pitesti, a rural town 100 km away from Bucharest. She is the only child of the family and at birth, was diagnosed...

  • Adela's story

    Adela's story

    Adela weighed only 850 grams when she was born in Iasi in Romania, and had a number of health problems.

  • Nectaria's story

    Nectaria's story

    Nectaria will soon be two years old. She is a beautiful, cheerful little girl who loves to play and smiles all the time. But she wasn't always like...

  • Mihai's story

    Mihai's story

    Just three days after being born, Mihai was diagnosed with a brain cyst and visual impairments.

First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2017