Deaf man proposes to girlfriend with Santa’s help

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FORT WAYNE, IN (WANE) – A deaf couple became engaged with the help of Santa Claus at Jefferson Pointe Mall in Fort Wayne Thursday evening.

Sean Sikes proposed to his girlfriend Mikki Bergman at the mall because she loves shopping and the holiday season and so he wanted to have Santa involved. Sean said he had the ring for the last month and had been planning when to propose ever since.

Sean finally settled on a plan Thursday morning around 10 a.m. to propose to his girlfriend at the mall. He texted family and friends at the last minute to get them to the mall so that they could be there for the proposal. All of Sean and Mikki’s children were involved in the event.

Sean planned to have Mikki’s daughter sit on Santa’s lap. Santa asked Mikki’s daughter what she wants for Christmas, and then she whispered into Santa’s ear to deliver the proposal to her mom. Santa then talked to Mikki directly while her daughter interpreted the proposal. Mikki then turned out and Sean was on one knee ready to propose with the ring.

Mikki said she was surprised and didn’t realize she was being proposed to until her boyfriend got down on one knee. It turned out to be perfect timing for her birthday, which is Saturday.

The couple is hoping to keep their engagement around two years for wedding planning purposes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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