A mother gives birth in hospital, but before she sees the baby, it's whisked away…
‘Sorry, ma’am… There have been some complications so your baby has been taken to intensive care.’
The woman is distraught. ‘But I didn’t even see him! What’s the matter?!’
‘We’re just investigating now,’ replies the obstetrician, ‘But we’re looking at some developmental anomalies.’
‘Oh my goodness! He’s got all ten fingers and toes though, surely?!’
‘I’m afraid not, madam.’
‘But… but, all his limbs are there?’
‘Sadly, it seems not.’
‘But his body…’
‘Absent, it appears.’
‘Oh good heavens! His head though… surely…’
‘I think it’s best if you come see for yourself, Mrs Jones.’
The mother goes into the intensive care ward, and there, in the cot, is an ear on pillow.
‘Oh my baby! My baby!’ cried the mother.
‘I’m afraid he can’t hear you, Mrs Jones. He’s profoundly deaf.’