Eighteen-month-old Ocoee Standridge's right ear cochlear implant was 'turned on' on April 24 to help correct her profound deafness. Her parents, Noah and Brinly Standridge, say they witnessed an immediate change in their only daughter who began exploring the world with new zeal. Florida Medicaid will not pay for the Naples toddler to receive a second cochlear implant because of funding restrictions. The Standridge family is looking to grassroots fundraising to provide their youngest with the second implant for her left ear. David Albers/Staff

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Eighteen-month-old Ocoee Standridge's right ear cochlear implant was "turned on" on April 24 to help correct her profound deafness. Her parents, Noah and Brinly Standridge, say they witnessed an immediate change in their only daughter who began exploring the world with new zeal. Florida Medicaid will not pay for the Naples toddler to receive a second cochlear implant because of funding restrictions. The Standridge family is looking to grassroots fundraising to provide their youngest with the second implant for her left ear. David Albers/Staff

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