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WTRC helps deaf child

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ABILENE, TX (KSWO) -The 46th annual West Texas Rehabilitation Center telethon airs Saturday on KSWO.

The center helps children and adults with physical disabilities learn and re-establish skills some take for granted.

Xavier was born deaf in both ears.

"It was very scary in the very beginning because we didn't know what to expect from a child that's deaf,” said Chris Valdez, Xavier’s dad.

After the help of cochlear implants, West Texas Rehab speech pathologist Kristen Herdon is helping him to learn to speak.

"I feel excited about seeing Xavier excited about being verbal. Also to see the growth that he is trying to learn through his speech," Herdon said.

The journey has been full of minor victories leading to the ultimate goal of a normal little boy. They also say the caring staff at the center is a crucial part of their son’s journey.

“It's not a major city where people don't know you and you’re just another patient. Here it's like they really know you and they really, really have your child's best interest at heart," said Christina Dominguez, Xavier’s mom.

Xavier’s parents are thrilled for the progress their son has made. They say his treatment at West Texas Rehab Center has helped their son live a happier life.

"As far as just the way he is, he is not frustrated anymore, he communicates better, he is just a happy kid. He's not frustrated all the time," Valdez said.

West Texas Rehab is a non-profit treatment facility that doesn’t turn anyone away based on financial need. The telethon is a major fundraiser for the center to continue to help children and adults like Xavier.

The West Texas Rehab Center is holding their 46th annual telethon Saturday, Jan. 16. You can watch it on KSWO from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., and from 10:30 p.m. until midnight.

If you'd like to make a pledge, call 1-877-437-3120 during the telethon.

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