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.