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The family of Ben Coudriet is trying to raise money to help pay for the surgeries to create a new ear for Ben. Please show your support.

When Benjamin was born, I wasn't told right away about his ear. When his dad came back from the nursery, they sat us down and told us that Ben had a malformed ear. We were also told that he had no ear canal and no hearing in that ear. We began researching our options.

We discovered that Ben had Microtia and Atresia of his left ear.

We came across a doctor in California who is one of the best surgeons in the world that specializes in Ben's condition. There are very few surgeons who specialize in reconstruction of the outer and inner ear. So we chose to pursue Dr. Brent for our son's outer ear reconstruction.

Dr. Brent does not perform the surgery until the child is at least 6 years old. Ben had his first surgery in July of this year. He turned 6 in August. After the external ear is created, the internal surgeon will take over and Ben has an 80-85% chance of normal hearing in his affected ear.

The doctor removed part of Ben's rib cartilage and inserted it under his little ear. This will create the framework for the remainder of the surgeries. We will be travelling to California two more times to complete the external ear surgeries. The surgeries cost around $48,000 per surgery. With insurance, we have to come up with around $7,000 for each surgery.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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