FACES: The National Craniofacial Association
P O Box 11082
Chattanooga, TN 37401
Parents of babies born with craniofacial disorders need somewhere to turn while dealing with these birth defects. Their children require specialized reconstructive surgeries and we take care of the entire family while treatment is being received.
Real Life Story
Earrings for Olivia
Imagine how exciting it is for your little girl to get her ears pierced andbuy her first pair of earrings. Well, seven-year old Olivia Camp traveledall the way from Virginia Beach to California to get her ears pierced.That's because Olivia was born with a condition called hemifacialmicrosomia with microtia. Hemifacial microsomia means that one half of herface is severely underdeveloped and microtia means that she did not have anear on her right side.
Although most of Olivia's reconstructive surgeries could be performed closeto home, there were no surgeons who could build Olivia an ear. The Campscontacted FACES to help them to travel to see an ear reconstructionspecialist in California. With the help of donations, FACESprovided the financial means for the family to travel to California. Threeseparate surgeries were required to take part of Olivia's rib cartilage,combine it with skin grafts, and sculpt in into an ear.
"Thank you AGAIN for your help. Olivia is so proud of her new ear," hermother recently wrote to FACES. Olivia's dream came true. She came homenot only with a new ear, but also sporting brand new pierced earrings!