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Deafness doesn't stop young dancer

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From a young age, Avery Mbiad was quite the ham, but her loud expressions were overshadowed by deafening silence.

"When we found out she was deaf, we were just scared," said Avery's father, David Mbiad, a musician who couldn't believe the prognosis.

"The doctors told us that she would never talk," he said.

However, at 15 months old, Avery's world changed.

"We had an opportunity to get cochlear implants, and they were very successful."

Now, at 4 years old, Avery is dancing. Her teacher Dody Fraley says Avery has a special gift.

"Her attitude is just amazing and she's extremely coordinated. And you can just tell that she loves dancing," Fraley said.

"I'm going to be the cat," Avery said with enthusiasm, describing a dance she has learned. "Because cats are my favorite animals."

"She's just the cutest little kitty cat and then she teaches the dance to the other kids," explained Fraley, who says Avery actually learns differently from the other children.

"She tends to learn faster because she's using her other senses," Fraley said.

Her parents couldn't be prouder of Avery.

"My daughter is my whole life. Her deafness has opened the world to us to be a better place," said David.

Avery's gift isn't something they take for granted, and seeing just how much she enjoys dancing is music to their ears.

"I'm so proud, I can't even describe it."

Avery's parents continue to volunteer with people in the deaf community.

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