Madeline has surgery

23:11, Dec 13 2012
Madeline Collard will receive cochlear implants
Vicky and Mark Collard with 2-year-old daughter Madeline, who received two cochlear implants.

Offers of donations have been rolling in for Invercargill 2-year-old Madeline Collard, who had two cochlear implants inserted yesterday.

Madeline's mother, Vicky Collard, said the operation had gone well and Madeline was back in a ward eating, drinking and getting back to her normal self yesterday afternoon.

On January 10, the implants will be switched on.

Profoundly deaf, Madeline is believed to be the youngest person in Southland to receive the implants.

She also has impaired vision, is delayed developmentally and has cysts in her brain.

A single-income family with four children all aged under 6, the Collards need to raise $34,000 because the government funds only one cochlear implant. Offers of donations had been rolling in including from an American author who offered to send her children's book to Madeline as a gift.

Ascot Community School, attended by one of Madeline's brothers Thomas, will hold a mufti day today to raise money for Madeline and Madeline's father Mark Collard's employer, Quality Foods Southland, will organise a quiz night early next year.

Donations can be made at or email the family at


The Southland Times