'I was born three months to early' - Deaf singer Sumarie

'I was born three months to early' - Deaf singer Sumarie

Sumarie Jordaan is a deaf singer who wrote a song to inspire others. Rian and the Scenic Drive team invited Sumarie to share her incredible journey. 

'I want to inspire others' - Deaf singer Sumarie
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Sumarie Jordaan and her twin sister were born with Twin To Twin Transfusion Syndrome. 

Twin To Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) is a disease of the placenta (or afterbirth) that affects identical twin pregnancies. TTTS affects identical twins (or higher multiple gestations), who share a common monochorionic placenta. The transfusion causes the donor twin to have decreased blood volume.

When she was born, Sumarie suddenly died and they had to do an emergency operation. 

At the age of three Sumarie was diagnosed with hearing loss. 

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With all the challenges she had to face, she never gave up. From a young age, Sumarie was a top achiever in everything. 

She won multiple medals for athletics. She was also head girl at her primary and high school.

Sumarie also took part in beauty pageants. She was crowned Miss Paarlskool and Miss Jan Kriel. 

In 2018, Sumarie decided to follow her dream and passion. She began taking singing lessons and started writing music. 

In 2019, she released her first single, 'Verander Jou Siening.'

'God gave me this song - it was not me," she told Rian. 


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