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Deaf boy's phone worry

A MOBILE phone giant was today rethinking where to place a signals mast after an emotional plea from the family of a deaf boy.

A MOBILE phone giant was today rethinking where to place a signals mast after an emotional plea from the family of a deaf boy.The devoted parents of six-year-old Michael Maguire - who depends on a cochlear implant to communicate - were alarmed at Orange's plans to site the structure metres from their Enniskillen home.But Raymond and Patricia Maguire have now been told by the firm that they are considering a U-turn.After consulting experts, the Maguires feared Michael's implant could be badly affected by the transmitter.Orange chiefs insisted that tests found no interference, but sent representatives to meet the Maguires.Dad Raymond, from Glenwood Gardens in the town, said: "We are delighted there is some hope the mast will not be built here."Michael can only communicate via the implant. It's a real lifeline to him.Orange engineers visited the site yesterday i to examine the possibility of relocating the site.A spokesperson said: "Although the implant manufacturers' have stated that the transmitter site at Glenwood should not cause any interference to their cochlear implant, we are very sensitive to the concerns of the parents involved."We have no intention of causing Mr and Mrs Maguire any distress and we have agreed to postpone building at the existing site while we investigate our options."We will make a final decision on the site after further consultation with Mr and Mrs Maguire."


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