This beautiful little girl had never heard the strum of a guitar or the beat of a drum before.
But that all changed last Thursday, when Johnny Depp brought the miracle of hearing to Rio De Janeiro along with his wife, Amber Heard.
The couple teamed up with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to equip hundreds of people with hearing aids prior to the Rock in Rio music festival.
They announced the initiative to Rolling Stone last month, and aimed to distribute 150 hearing devices. Instead, they exceeded their goal by giving the gift of hearing to 218 Brazilians starving for their first sound bite.
To watch them marvel at a mumble as though it was Beethoven’s 5th Symphony was a sight that has scarred Depp and Heard’s hearts in the best way.
Their tearful encounters tell all.
“The reaction somebody has when they hear for the first time, in this case, you see it light up – changes their whole face,” said Heard through water-rimmed eyes. “Just to be a small part of that for one moment, to see someone’s life change in front of you, it’s moving to say the least.”
“What does it feel like? If you’ve passed something over to someone that they haven’t had ever before, it’s very moving,” said Depp.
Many of the hearing-aid recipients were headed to see Depp’s band Hollywood Vampires perform later that night, but according to band member Joe Perry, it wasn’t really about the music.
“The impact is astounding,” he said. “So to make that available to kids whether they end up liking the music or not doesn’t matter, it’s just the fact that they can hear again.”