- Published on 25 April 2013
An eight-year-old boy named Santiago from Ecuador will be the first patient to receive free treatment for Microtia from a new non-profit organization created to help children born without ears. Earicles (Miracles for Ears) was launched by Dr. Sheryl Lewin, a Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon based in Santa Monica, California, who specializes in reconstructing ears. Dr. Lewin has dedicated her career to ear reconstruction, specializing in Microtia, a congenital condition in which the ear does not develop properly. She performs a newer type of surgery to create the ear using a Medpor implant. Her artistic approach and innovative surgical techniques have helped minimize scarring and create more natural appearing ears. The word Microtia translates to "small ear." Microtia occurs in many different variations, ranging from just a small ear to complete absence of the ear. This condition is usually associated with hearing loss. Earicles will host its first annual conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California on August 9 - 11 of 2013. The conference will host families of children born without ear(s) from across the globe. It will provide much needed medical education and awareness of Microtia and Atresia by nationally recognized physician experts. At conference activities, families will meet children who have had successful surgery for these conditions.