Romina, who lives in Salinas, was born with double microtia (only ear nubs). When she was brought to the attention of HKIE two years ago, she was about to be kicked out of school due to her lack of hearing.
Thanks to a private donor, the donation of his surgical services by Dr. Diego Maldonado, and a generous discount by Hospital del Rio, Romina received a cochlear implant. Her amazement when she first heard the spoken word, the sound of waves and the song of a bird was something to behold! She is now doing very well in school and is eagerly looking forward to high school.
Last Friday Romina had the last of 6 surgeries performed by Dr. Fernando Quintana in Guayaquil. Dr Fernando Quintana Jedermann waived his surgical fees for all six surgeries and his clinic gave HKIE a substantial discount on all the hospital costs. Romina now has 2 real ears! As you can see by her smile and the joy in her eyes, this is truly a dream come true for this young lady. Romina is now a secure, vivacious young lady who has a future thanks to these doctors and of course all the supporters of HKIE!
Also a huge thank you to Dr Pablo Javier Salamea Molina for introducing HKIE to both of these wonderful surgeons!.