A good friend of mine has been raising money for her daughter's ear operation from the day she was born (4 years ago.) Her resilence and passion in supporting her child to be able to hear properly is really inspiring. With a house, husband and two children it is not easy to find the money despite many, many fundraisers she has hosted.
I am hoping that people will dig deep and support this beautiful girl to have the operation she so desperately needs by next year. Please read below about her condition and the money they are trying to raise. Aaliyah also has a facebook page called "Aaliyah's journey" if you would like to read more.
Thank you in advance for your generosity. Aaliyah really has a beautiful soul and deserves the world.
Aaliyah was born with a condition known as Microtia/Atretia. Basically, she has a 'lucky' ear and will need reconstructive surgery to allow her lead a 'normal' life. The surgery will allow her to hear accurately, and go on to have a full functioning right ear.
Unfortunately this surgery is currently only available at the California Ear Institute, Palo Alto, America. It also comes with a hefty price tag (currently $65000 + expenses). The operation is quite lengthy (10 + hours) and has a recovery period of 4-6 weeks.
Aaliyah's journey does not start when she has the operation, it started the day she was born. She regularly attends ENT, Paediatric and Audiology appointments. She also has Auditory-Verbal therapy lessons and assessment to track her development and ensure that she is not behind in speech and language. She also wears and bone conductor hearing aid, held on by a head band. This allows the afftected ear to be stimulated and provide limited hearing to that ear. This is a temporary solution until the operation can take place.