My son Marco has been deaf his entire life. (14 years) We have recieved a donation of a used hearing aid that would allow Marco to hear, but the BAHA anchor and procedure is roughly $9000 dollars.
We would greatly appreciate any donations, prayers or shares to help us achieve this goal.
With much gratitude.
For additional info about Marco and/or the procedure, feel free to review below:
Full Name: Marco Antonio Lizama Solis
Born: January 11, 2006 (He is presently 14 years old.)
Reason for being deaf: Marco was born 3 months premature with a heart condition that required surgery the day he was born. The battery of antibiotics he received after surgery for months stopped the formation of the bones in his ear (particularly the Anvil and Stirrup) to stop growing. The two must touch slightly to hear sound.
- Marco has always been the happiest child. He is kind, considerate and selfless. Responsible and dedicated.
- He loves animals (all kinds.)
- He loves music, although the volume has to be at a level that it’s hard to bear for those of us that can hear. He feels the vibrations and can tell a fast song from a slow one and moves to the vibrations. He has a headset that is extremely loud so that I can tolerate him listening to (feeling) his music.
- As all kids, he loves his video games as well. It doesn’t matter what game. He just loves to play.
- His dream is to hear. Ever since we met a 70-year old man from Canada on vacation last year that had a BAHA implant, Marco has wanted one. He asked me for one for Christmas.
- His last trimester he received a 98.75 on his evaluation, with an overall score for the year of a 95% making him the valedictorian of his grade school for this school year.
- He can’t wait to go to school although he loves the 6-week summer vacation as well. He always is recognized each month by his teachers as a child who participates and assists other students as well as the teacher in daily functions. The year he starts Junior high and there is much more homework and using sign language takes a lot to explain things to him rather than just being able to speak and ask clarifying questions verbally.
BAHA Stands for “Bone Anchored Hearing Aid.” We have had one donated to us since starting this page. We just need to purchase the anchor for the bone behind the ear and then pay for the operation and procedures before we can move on to speech therapy.
ABOUT THE BAHA...
How BAHA devices are implanted.
- For the classic "BAHA" device, first, a titanium stud (called a fixture or an abutment) is placed in the bone behind the ear, during a surgical procedure that typically takes only an hour. One then waits for 3 months until the titanium and bone heal together. After this, the sound processor is clipped onto the stud (it can come easily on and off). Snap on, snap off.
How it works.
- The sound processor converts sound into vibration, which is then transmitted to the titanium stud or plates embedded in the skull. Sound is transmitted through the bone of the skull. Both ears remain open and unencumbered.
What would you give to be able to hear your child say their first words, call you Mommy, or Daddy? What price tag would you place on your own ability to hear? To hear your loved one's voices and laughs, hear the bird's sing, listen to your favorite music...
Please help Marco to be a typical child and enjoy all the sounds that we that can hear, and take for granted.
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