Photo Credit: Anita Alistair Campbell Facebook
A devoted dad’s tattoo tribute to his hearing-impaired daughter has gone viral. New Zealander Alistair Campbell, got the artwork done to show his six-year-old daughter Charlotte that he supports her as she struggles with a condition that means she has profound hearing loss.
Charlotte had her first cochlear implant fitted when she was just four years old, on the left side of her head, and was due to have another fitted this week when dad decided to get the tattoo done.
An image of him sitting next to his daughter with his inking and her implant visible has been shared tens of thousands of times. Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, Campbell said he got the tattoo “out of love” for his daughter, and to show her he could take a bit of pain on her behalf.
He also told the paper that he has no other tattoos, and will now let his hair grow back to cover this one, but, he added that he can always shave it again on “special occasions,” or if Charlotte ever becomes worried about fitting in, or wants to see it.
He said that when Charlotte saw the drawing she said it was “cool” before giggling and touching it.
Mom Anita said that she believes the full significance of the inking hasn’t sunk in yet, and that her daughter will likely appreciate it more as she gets older.
Photo Credit: Dean Purcell, NZ Herald
Hearing loss runs in family. Mrs Campbell’s mother wore a hearing implant, and Campbell’s second son, Lewis, also wears hearing aids. A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.