In "The Miracle Worker", what is the doctor's diagnosis of Helen Keller? Why was she deaf and blind?

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If you are asking what caused Helen Keller to be both blind and deaf, the reason is that she had scarlet fever when she was two years old. This disease was fairly common when Helen was younger and the high fever it caused destroyed the nerves endings in both her eyes and ears. As a result, she could neither hear not see. The one thing that Helen's mother does remember is that before Helen became ill, she had begun to talk, something very unusual for a child her age. She would say "wa-wa" for water and that turns out to be the key for Anne Sullivan to teach her how to communicate.

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