Give the gift of hearing to a child without ears. Every day in Russia babies are born without ears. These children are destined to live in a world of silence. Parents feel scared, helpless until they learn about American surgeons who create inner ear canals and outer ears where none exist. And then children can hear. It's a miracle! But for the parents, the cost of ear surgery plus travel to the U.S. is staggering. Help bring a child to America and give them the gift of hearing.
Atresia microtia is a rare birth defect that causes children to be born with malformed or missing ears. These children have normal hearing nerves, but the ear canal itself doesn't open. In the first few years of life, language develops. Without the ability to hear, language doesn't develop. These children face lifelong disability. This condition affects a small percentage of children making treatment options very limited, especially in Russia. Ask yourself, how much are your ears worth to you?
In Russia, the phrase "your child has a rare disease" sounds fatal to most families. Medical authorities refuse to admit there's no solution in Russia for children under age 12. American surgeons, however, do have a solution without age limits and irrespective of where a child is from. These surgeons can create an inner ear canal, make an ear drum and an outer ear where none exist. And then a child can hear. It's a miracle! A child who would be disabled, can now live a normal, productive life.
Every dollar that you give to help a Russian child get life changing ear surgery in America has double the impact. You turn a child who can't hear and doesn't develop speech into someone who does. You turn a child who would need care their whole life into a normally developing independent and productive person. And you also support the pioneering work of American surgeons who will help more children from around the world, who now no longer have to remain disabled because of where they are born.