A LITTLE girl has been able to hear again for the first time after being struck down by meningitis this year.
Seventeen-month-old Skye Davidson-Pinnock was left with just 10% hearing after being hit by the bug in February.
But now, thanks to a cochlea implant - which was switched on for the first time last Monday - cheeky Skye heard Santa's sleigh bells for the first time.
Her mother, Faye, just 20, who has nursed Skye back to health with the support of her family, was nominated for the Examiner's Christmas Wish campaign.
She and Skye's grandmother, Mrs Yvonne Gill, of Bradley, said: "Faye has been extremely strong and brave while Skye was ill.
"It was touch and go for a while, but thankfully she managed to battle through. Faye deserves a special treat to make up for a difficult year."
The Examiner and Huddersfield Pendragon Round Table, which jointly run the campaign, thought Faye deserved some special time to herself.
So we are treating her to half a day at the Eastthorpe Holistic Health Spa in Mirfield for a top-to-toe pampering session.
The generous spa is also giving her some extra-special treatments to make her feel like a lady in the new year.
Faye, of Fannymoor Lane, Lowerhouses, said: "I cried when Skye responded to the sounds when they switched her implant on. Her hearing is the best possible gift.
"I'm really looking forward to the pampering session. It will be a real treat."
Skye, who is two in July became ill while at her nursery on February 10.
Faye and Mrs Gill took her to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, where viral meningitis was diagnosed. She was transferred to Leeds General Infirmary, where she spent three days in intensive care. She came home on March 10.
Skye suffered 90% hearing loss because of damage to her inner ear caused by the bug. She was fitted with the implant on November 26.
Doctors have told Faye that Skye will need to re-learn how to hear and speak - and she has made good progress.