A father tattooed an image of a hearing implant on to his head in support of his daughter who has two of the devices fitted to combat her profound deafness.
Proud father tattoo's hearing aids as tribute to deaf 6-yr-old daughter
An image of him sitting next to his daughter with his inking and her implant visible has since gone viral online, where it has been shared tens of thousands of times.
Alistair Campbell, from New Zealand, got the artwork done to show six-year-old daughter, Charlotte, that he supports her as she struggles with a condition that means she has profound hearing loss.
Charlotte had her first cochlear implant fitted at age four on the left side of her head, and was due to have another fitted this week when Mr Campbell decided to get the tattoo done.
Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, Mr Campbell said he got the tattoo 'out of love' for his daughter, and to show her he could take a bit of pain on her behalf.
He told the paper that he has no other tattoos, and will now let his hair grow back to cover this one.
However, he added that he can always shave it again on 'special occasions' or if Charlotte ever becomes worried about fitting in, or wants to see it.
He said that when Charlotte saw the drawing, she said it was 'cool' before giggling and touching it.
However, Charlotte's mother, Anita, says she believes the full significance of the inking hasn't sunk in yet, and that her daughter will likely appreciate it more as she gets older.
Mrs Campbell said that hearing loss runs in the family. Her mother had to wear a hearing implant, while her second son, Lewis, 8, also wore hearing aids.
Charlotte was initially diagnosed with partial hearing loss in her left ear, but this was later upgraded to profound hearing loss, with a condition affecting her right ear which also impairs her hearing.
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