This is five year old Mathias from the Salinas area who was born basically deaf. He was told he needed the most powerful hearing aids totally out of reach of his parents budget.
Kate and Heather asked Peggy and Will (our HKIE co founders in Salinas) if HKIE could help. Last month we brought him up to Cuenca for a hearing test and took him to special audiologists at the public hospital.
Yesterday he and his mom returned...and miracles were happening! Thanks to our miracle worker..medical director Dr Pablo Salamea Molina, Mathias received his set of hearing aids.
(The blurred picture shows his reaction toward the first sound he has heard...clapping! He could not stop talking and clapping, he was so excited!)
Due to the fact the he is nearing the age limit, Mathias is also being fast tracked to receive one of the few cochlear implants available through the government! The public hospital Vicente Coral Moscoso is the only public hospital in Ecuador allowed to perform this type of surgery at this time.
So, in a few months Mathias will have implants that will totally change his life!
Also shown is his mother, Fernanda, Dr Pablo Javier Salamea Molina and Marcela ...a hospital director.
Yesterday was a miraculous day for Mathias, his family and HKIE
Of course, A huge thank you goes out to Dr Pablo for making this happen so quickly