Who is Rachel Heringer? Abigail Heringer’s deaf sister is Oregon's youngest patient to undergo implantation surgery
When Rachel was 2, she was the youngest patient to undergo cochlear implantation surgery at Oregon Health & Science University
Abigail Heringer, the former 'The Bachelor' contestant wasn't seen on the reality show for long, as she was sent home by Matt James early on. But, no sooner she became a favorite among fans, thanks to her charming looks and vulnerability, which seems to have appealed to many. She became the first deaf contestant in the history of the 'Bachelor Nation'. And now, we've learned that her older sister Rachel Heringer is also deaf, but just like Abigail, nothing could stop her sibling from being full of life and accomplished.
Abigail will be appearing in tonight, March 1 episode of 'The Bachelor' for 'Women Tell All', during which she opens up about entering the show with hearing impairment and how she navigated her journey with Matt James before he decided to send her home.
Who is Rachel Abigail?
Rachel is Abigail's older sister. According to Statemanjournal, she is her roommate and an account manager for an insurance company in Portland. Similar to Abigail, Rachel was also born deaf due to congenital hearing loss. But, she was able to receive an implant at an early age.
The reports state, "When Rachel was 2, she was the youngest patient to undergo cochlear implantation surgery at Oregon Health & Science University. Abigail also got her implant when she was 2, the earliest age possible at the time per FDA guidelines." The successful story of her implants was reported in 2013. While Abigail is 25, there is little information available about Rachel's age.
Rachel Heringer is a 'Corgi Mama'
Rachel has about 1,230 followers on her personal Instagram handle and her posts clearly display her love for Corgis. She identifies herself as a 'Corgi Mama' and often uses the platform to share pictures of her pet pooches.
Her account also consists of many pictures with Abigail. The most recent was shared just a few days after New Years' Eve. Rachel has captioned the picture with Abigail as, "What a way to kick off your national tv debut sis 🌹 cheers!!"
Abigail opens about her 'Insecurities'
During the 'Women Tell All’, Abigail reveals that she was a tad bit nervous about getting on the show as she was apprehensive about viewers accepting people from the deaf community. She says, “I was really scared kind of when I decided to come on. I think people kind of view the hearing community and the deaf community … as black-and-white, and I’m kind of that gray space, because I don’t use sign language and am able to communicate vocally. I had no idea how people were going to receive me, but no, the response has been incredible.”
'The Bachelor' airs on Mondays at 8 pm ET on ABC.