MADISONVILLE (WATE) – An East Tennessee family is pleading with the public to help find a pair of cochlear implants that belong to a little boy. The Madisonville Police Department said they were stolen from a storage unit at XL Storage located at 4990 New Highway 68 over the weekend.
The cochlear implants belong to Ian Griffith who is nearly three years old. He’s just like any other kid except for one thing.
“If he isn’t wearing his implants, he can’t hear anything at all. He is like completely deaf. He has severe to profound hearing loss bilateral, both ears,” his mom Anna Griffith said.
Right now, he has a cochlear implant that clips to his shirt. In a few years, he’ll wear cochlear implants that will sit on his ears.
His mom decided to keep them in a storage facility while she was moving some of her stuff so she wouldn’t lose them.
Anna and Ian Griffith
“When I first found out that they were gone, my heart just dropped. Those are so expensive and he needs them so bad. Why would someone take those?” Griffith said.
Madisonville police said someone broke into the storage unit and stole the two cochlear implants worth $7,000 apiece, the equipment that goes with them, and some tattoo supplies.
The owner of the business said six other locks were cut too, but only items from two of them were taken. In light of what happened, the owner said she plans on adding surveillance cameras and a fence to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
Griffith’s biggest question to the person who took them is why. She’s hoping someone will step up and do the right thing.
“Just return them because they’re of absolutely no value to anybody else but my son,” Griffith said.
If you have any information, you’re urged to call the Madisonville Police Department at (423) 442-2268.