Five-year-old Leo Trentadue of New Westminster plays on his laptop as New Westminster MLA Judy Darcy looks on.

Five-year-old Leo Trentadue of New Westminster plays on his laptop as New Westminster MLA Judy Darcy looks on.

Five-year-old New Westminster boy waits more than a year to have hearing restored

Leo Trentadue waited 14 months for surgery to be able to hear again.

Everything is a little muted in five-year-old Leo Trentadue’s world these days.

The New Westminster boy has too much fluid in his ears and it makes everything sound like he’s underwater – according to Leo’s surgeon, who will finally be able to operate on her little patient at the end of November.

“It has been a very long wait and it’s very frustrating,” said his mom, Mary Trentadue. She said she first suspected that Leo couldn’t hear as well as everyone else could two years ago and has been waiting for surgery to fix the problem for 14 months now.

“I used to think, when he was smaller, that it was cute, his way of pronouncing. But then I realized that just the way he’s hearing it – he’s hearing it incorrectly,” Trentadue told reporters Tuesday at a news conference.

WATCH: Mary Trentadue and MLA Judy Darcy speak out for Leo.

Leo needs tubes inserted so that the fluid can be drained – and soon. His mother says his hearing is getting worse.

“We do a lot of yelling in this house,” she said. “Leo can’t hear so every time he goes to sports class or anywhere there is a coach, we always have to make sure they know he can’t hear and that he’s not essentially ignoring them.”

While an almost one-and-a-half year wait for surgery isn’t ideal at any time, Trentadue said she feels like it could have a lasting impact on Leo’s education.

“I worry about children who are starting school and if they don’t have a parent who’s advocating for them or doesn’t know that they have hearing issues… it sets them off on the wrong foot,” she said. “I think it’s a really crucial time for children so this has been a really frustrating experience dealing with the ministry and waiting for our surgery.”

She pointed to a lack of operating hours allocated to surgeons. Leo’s surgeon only gets four hours a month, which Trentadue called “ridiculous.”

New Westminster MLA and NDP health critic Judy Darcy said it’s an easy issue to solve.

“This government has not prioritized investing in public healthcare,” she said. “The fact is that there are too many children waiting far too long.”

The health ministry had yet to return a request for comment.

 

@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

 

Just Posted

White Rock artist Rod Kerr’s charmingly simplified graphic style and bold colours will be showcased at The Gallery Central Plaza through July. (Contributed photo)
White Rock artist offers bold originals and ‘Fabulous Fakes’

Rod Kerr’s work showcased at The Gallery, Central Plaza during July

Hundreds gathered at Surrey’s Holland Park Friday (June 11) in memory of the Muslim family killed in London, Ont. on Sunday (June 6). (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Educating public ‘exhausting,’ says White Rock Muslim Association past president

Asad Syed says public needs to be more vocal in their condemnation

The City of White Rock turns 63 today. (file photo)
City of White Rock 2020 annual report available for review

Report to be discussed at June 28 council meeting

People were lined up around the fields at a drop-in vaccine clinic at Newton Athletic Park on Tuesday (April 27, 2021), which is one of the high-transmission neighbourhoods that are being given vaccine priority. This clinic was one of at least three to open in the city on Tuesday. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Surrey’s weekly cases continue to drop, push for 80% vaccination rate citywide

BCCDC reports 263 cases for Surrey the week of May 30 to June 5

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Most Read