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CHICAGO (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Alexander “A.J.” Sipe came into this world facing more challenges than most newborns.

Diagnosed with a rare disorder called Goldenhar Syndrome, the Fort Wayne infant would need numerous surgeries to correct physical deformities — some of them cosmetic, but others having a more profound effect on the little boy and how his body functions.

For A.J., the latter included a left ear that failed to develop, leaving him with limited hearing and putting him at risk for communication problems and, as a result, a slower cognitive development.

Just a few months old, A.J. traveled with his parents to Chicago over the summer, where they met other families in similar circumstances.

And A.J. got something else out of the trip: hearing in his left ear, courtesy of a new hearing aid designed for babies just like him.

This was the moment A.J. heard through his left ear for the first time.



Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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