Deaf Man Hears Boyfriend Proposing After Turning Cochlear Implant On

After a freak illness left him deaf for more than six months, the first thing this man heard was the sound of his boyfriend proposing.

During a family trip to San Francisco, Hayward Duresseau, 37, began to suddenly feel extremely fatigued – and just over 48 hours later he would no longer be able to see, hear or even walk.

Exhibiting symptoms of undetected bacterial meningitis, Hayward was rushed to the hospital by boyfriend, Kerry Kennedy, 27, where he’d stay for the next three weeks.

Regaining his sight after two weeks and the ability to walk after three months, Hayward was told the damage to his hearing would likely be permanent – and he struggled to come to terms with the idea of never hearing his partner’s voice again.