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Claire's Journey to Hearing Fundraiser
$1,510 raised
23 contributors
5 Years running

Sweet baby Claire was born on January 7th, 2013. One week after welcoming their

precious baby girl into the world, her parents received the sad news that Claire was

profoundly deaf.  As first time parents, with such life altering news, this was a very

scary, difficult time. However, Claire’s parents immediately started doing their research

and that is when Claire’s journey to hearing began. When she was (6) months old she

underwent an MRI & CT Scan to confirm whether or not she was a candidate for

Cochlear Implants (Bionic Ears). The original interpretation of the test results seemed

very grim, as Claire has unique anomalies of the inner ear that made it appear that she

wasn’t a good candidate. But, Claire’s parents didn’t stop there, they reached out to

other parents of children with hearing loss on facebook& learned of a surgeon in

Tampa Florida that specialized in Claire’s particular situation. Claire’s parents flew her

to meet this surgeon in August of 2013 and after meeting Claire and reviewing her

medical history, he deemed that she was in fact a good candidate for Cochlear Implants.

Unfortunately, the day they were leaving for their road trip to Florida, Claire’s father

lost his job very unexpectedly. The family does have health insurance but had to pick

up Cobra Coverage immediately in order to have the surgery as scheduled. And as many

of you may know, Cobra Coverage is very expensive. Even with this coverage the family

still has a significantportion of the medical bills to pay out of pocket. This has been an

amazing journey with many ups and downs but Claire’s parents never gave up hope and

never stopped fighting for Claire to receive the gift of sound. On December 12th, 2013,

Claire’s implants were activated and she heard for the FIRST TIME!

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