After Bruegger moved to Canada as an 18-year-old, a severe ear infection threatened his circus career.
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Fifteen kids from the Institut de Reeducation Audio-Phonetique, a school for children with hearing impairments, are lined up, waiting for their turn to do a handstand walk across the room.The 25-year-old Bruegger and the children at IRAP have one crucial thing in common – they have all experienced differing degrees of hearing loss.Last Thursday's session was dedicated to communicating Bruegger's inspiring story to the children, in the presence of Swiss Ambassador Monika Schmutz Kirgoz, among others.As an 18-year-old, Bruegger, having moved on his own to Canada to pursue his dream of becoming a circus artist, got a severe inner-ear infection in his right ear. In the clip, Bruegger is hanging from aerial straps, perhaps 20 meters above the ground, with no security.Getting through his three-year circus program in Canada demanded a huge amount of effort, but Bruegger made it.Torresani explained that, as in Bruegger's story, many cases of hearing loss in children stem from infections that could easily have been treated earlier.Having gone through hearing loss himself, Bruegger understands some of the difficulties the children are facing in their daily lives.
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