The first words a gay man heard after getting his hearing back were his partner proposing to him, and a video of the touching moment has since gone viral.
After meningitis robbed Louisiana native Hayward Duresseau of his hearing, his long-term boyfriend Kerry Kennedy spent months helping him back to full health and figuring out how to communicate without sound.
Half a year later, Hayward was able to get cochlear implants and switch them on—which was Kerry’s cue to pop the big question, in one of the most heartwarming same-sex proposals of the year.
After Hayward was finally able to hear him, Kerry told his partner: “It’s been kind of a long journey to get this point, but I’m glad that we were able to do it together.
“I want to keep doing these things with you,” he added, as Hayward started to cry, “and helping you as much as I can, because I know you help me.
“So,” he said, getting down on one knee and causing his partner to start full-on sobbing, “will you marry me?”
"Yes,” came the joyful answer, to which his partner said: “I’m so happy you can hear.”
“I’m happy I can hear you!” said Hayward. “Wow!”