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This fundraiser ended on 10/04/12

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Ears of Love is an effort to raise funds for Belen´s dream of having her ears and being able to hear come true.

BELÉN HERNANDEZ DOMINGUEZ is a beautiful baby girl who was born with Bilateral Microtia/Atresia in Guatemala, Central America on March 2011.

What is microtia? Microtia, is a congenital deformity affecting the outer ear (pinna) where the ear does not fully develop during the first trimester of pregnancy. Microtia ears are often smaller in size and can have a peanut shaped appearance or only have a small nub or lobe present.

What is atresia? Atresia, (also known as aural atresia) is the absence or closure of the external auditory ear canal. An Atretic ear is often sealed off by the skull with no opening (canal) being present. Atresia is a congenital birth defect. A majority of the time, the Cochlea still functions and the auditory nerve is intact. There usually will be a hearing loss to some degree mainly because of having no ear canal allowing sound to travel through to the inner ear.

Belen was born with microtia and atresia in both ears. Insurance will not cover costs associated with congenital birth defects and her family does not have enough financial resources to cover the elevated costs of such important surgeries.

When she turns three years old, a set of surgeries can be performed by American doctors in the United States specialized in ear reconstruction and opening of the ear canals. It is our hope and wish that God will allow for this to happen.

If you want to make Belen´s dream of having her ears and being able to hear come true, you are more than welcome to join Ears of Love by visiting www.facebook.com/orejitasdeamor or donating through http://www.giveforward.com/earsoflove
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