Meet Krissia Lopez Romero, an eight-year-old girl with bilateral Microtia and Atresia. Born in El Salvador, she now lives with her family in Falls Church, Virginia. Because Krissia was born in El Salvador, she does not qualify for Medicaid and her family has been unable to help her obtain hearing devices. In addition to Krissia’s Microtia and Atresia, she also has severe scoliosis and complex heart conditions that limit her activities. In fact, Krissia is due for another heart procedure soon.
Until now, Krissia has been able to borrow two bone anchored hearing devices provided by her school along with an FM system. However, the hearing devices must remain at school, and Krissia goes home without her hearing every day. Because of this, communication for Krissia has been a struggle. Her mother, Claudia Romero, worries about her speech development and her safety without the help of hearing devices.
Recently, that all changed for Krissia.