Daniel was found in a market place on the edges of Nairobi and carried to safety by an elderly woman without a car or resources. After being nursed back to health, New Life staff realized that Daniel was completely deaf. Without insurance, an implant would cost just over $100,000; a small price for a lifetime of hearing, but an impossible price for a Nairobi orphan. With pro-bono surgery and funds already raised for travel, the only remaining cost is the Cochlear Implant itself.
Shortly after being rescued it was determined that Baby Daniel was completely deaf, but a simple surgery could change the course of his life. The surgery to receive a Cochlear Implant would allow Daniel to hear again and affect his overall development. Funds have already been raised to fly Daniel and his caregiver, Yvonne, to the U.S. as the surgery in not available in Kenya. The cost for it all without insurance would have been just over $100,000.
Through the tireless effort of a former New Life intern, an otolaryngologist in Indianapolis made arrangements for Daniel to receive a Cochlear Implant - without cost from the surgical services of his staff or hospital, an elementary student raised $8,000 to pay for Daniel and Yvonne's travel and visa expenses, and an audiologist in Nairobi will deliver ongoing therapy post surgery. The only remaining hurtle is the cost of the Cochlear Implant itself - we still need $14,000!
The young people who started this dream didn't have any idea how much it would cost and how many ways it could have failed; however, at this point nearly two-thirds of the costs have been covered! So many people have already come together to make a lifetime of hearing possible for this young orphan from Nairobi. Won't you join us in giving Daniel the gift of hearing?
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