Microtia and Hemifacial Microsomia and Insurance

Topics: Ear, Bone Anchored Hearing Aid, Surgery Pages: 4 (1513 words) Published: October 2, 2010
Insurance companies should not be able to call something that fixes a deformity cosmetic surgery because of health related concerns and self esteem issues. In July of 2006, a little bundle of joy was brought into this world by the name of Gabriela Sunshine Hatton and this is her story.

It was a very warm day in July of 2006 one of the hottest days on record in fact. When little Gabriela Sunshine Hatton was born. She was four weeks early but was born a healthy seven pounds five ounces and 21 ½ inches long. As the nurses clean her off and her very proud mother and father look on the nurses discover she has an ear missing. Of course, this prompted many doctors in and out of the room and many questions asked. “Were you on any medication while you were pregnant?”, “Did you smoke or due illegal drugs while pregnant?” The room all of the sudden became a three ring circus and a furry of testing and ultra sounds for little Gabriela. They tested her kidneys to make sure they were functioning fine. Apparently, the same tissue that develops the ears in the womb also develops the kidneys. After all the testing, she checks out ok. The doctors diagnose her with Mictotia and Hemifacial Microsoma. She immediately is referred to University of Michigan in Ann Arbor because she has a condition that no one in her small town even wants to deal with or knows how to deal with. So starts the journey of this small bundle of joy’s life. First some facts,” Microtia is an ear deformity that occurs one in every 6,000 to 12,000 births”. (Microtia-congenital ear deformity institute, 2009-2010) “Hemifacial microsoma is the second most common facial birth defect after cleft palates.”(National Cranial Facial association, 2007) Microtia is where there is no ear and atresia is where there is no ear canal. Because Gabriela had both Microtia and atresia she had an MRI and a CT scan at about 3 months old the CT scan and MRI both showed that she had no canal or eardrum but she did have...
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