Help Sofia Hear Again

For: Sofia
Organizer: Sofia
Help Sofia Hear Again (Sofia)
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Spanish and German translations can be found by clicking Updates.

My name is Sofia Martinez. I’m from Venezuela, and I’m 23 years old. I have a condition called Autoimmune Ear Disease. I started losing hearing in my left ear when I was 11 years old. By 2005 I had a hearing loss of 35% in my left ear and normal hearing in my right ear. Nowadays, I have a bilateral hearing loss, 100% loss in my left ear and 44% loss in the right ear. 

My disease has no cure, and it is degenerative. However, Doctors have recommended a Cochlear Implant Surgery which will allow me to hear normally which will significantly improve my quality of life. The thought of substantially improving my hearing excites me; it is a dream that I hope can come true one day!

The surgery is very expensive, the cost of the implant itself amounts to US$33,000.00. My family does not have the means to pay for it all. We are hoping to raise funds with the help of other family members, friends, and friends of friends…

At my age, I have many goals and dreams. One of them is to graduate from the University. However, attending classes has been extremely challenging because my speech discrimination is very poor. I rely almost entirely on reading lips. There are many other limitations in my life due to my condition; I cannot make phone calls, listen to music, hear the speech of a movie nor engage in conversation with a group of people, which limits me socially. 

I want to hear again. I want to hear being called by my name when I graduate from University. I want to hear when I get accepted at my first job as a University graduate. I want to hear when my partner proposes to me. I want to hear my children’s first words. There are so many things I haven’t had the chance to hear yet. For this, I am reaching out to you hoping that you will find it in your heart to help me.

My family and I will be very thankful and appreciative of any help and support you can give us. If you cannot contribute money, please help us by sharing this post and spread the word.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Forever grateful,

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 5, 2017

Posted on November 5, 2017

After I got my cochlear implant, I cannot imagine how I handled things so well with so little hearing. Being able to hear is a luxury not everyone has. Being able to afford and having access to an insurance plan, hearing aids, cochlear implant, batteries, health services; All of those facilities are privileges that in my country very few people have. Therefore, I feel the obligation to give back and help others as YOU helped me. This time I need your help again, I want to raise $500 to buy hearing aids & cochlear implant batteries to people in need in Venezuela. I know what it means to hear again, and this is why hearing should be entitled to EVERYONE. Help me make Venezuela Hear Again.

If within your possibilities, even if you can contribute with a small amount, please do so. 
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Posted on July 15, 2017


Posted on July 15, 2017

Hola. El viernes 30 junio se llevó a cabo mi operación de implante coclear. La recuperación ha sido difícil, pero ya me encuentro bastante mejor. Quiero agradecerle nuevamente a cada persona que estuvo conmigo durante el proceso, y a quienes me apoyaron de diversas maneras. Sin ustedes mi sueño de escuchar de nuevo hubiese sido imposible. Hoy me activaron el procesador; fue una experiencia nueva y diferente. Estoy escuchando de nuevo los sonidos de la lluvia, los truenos y los sonidos del reloj. Me siento realmente abrumada y muy emocionada por todos los sonidos que estoy redescubriendo… ¡A partir de hoy comienza para mí, una nueva etapa, la de adaptación de los dos tipos de sonidos, pero estoy segura y confiada en que lo lograré! Muchas gracias nuevamente por todo el apoyo. En mi cuenta de Instagram podrán saber más sobre mi recuperación. Instagram @helpsofiahearagain.

Hello. On June 30th I got my cochlear implant surgery. The recovery was hard, but I feel very well now. I want to thank you all again, each person that was with me during my recovery and everyone who supported me through this. Today I got my Kanso processor activated: it was a new and different experience. I feel overwhelmed and very excited for all the new sounds I’m rediscovering. From today on, I'm in a new adaptation phase. I’m very sure and I trust that I will adapt properly and succeed. Thank you very much for all your support. In my Instagram account, I’ll post more about my recovery. Instagram:@helpsofiahearagain.

Hallo zusammen. Am 30 Juni hatte ich meine Cochlear Implantat OP. Die Tage danach waren etwas hart für mich, aber mittlerweile geht es mir wieder viel besser. Ich wollte mich bei jedem/jeder Einzelnen bedanken der/die in den letzten Monaten bei mir war und mich vor, während und nach meiner OP begleitet und unterstützt hat. Heute wurde mein Kanso Prozessor aktiviert. Dieser Moment war überwältigend wenn auch komisch für mich. Auch wenn mich momentan alles noch ein wenig überfordert, kann ich es kaum abwarten all die neuen Geräusche und Töne wieder zu entdecken. Ab heute befinde ich mich in einer neuen Anpassungsphase. Ich bin mir sehr sicher und vertraue darauf, dass ich mich ohne Weiteres den neuen Umstände anpassen werde und bald ohne Probleme wieder hören kann. Vielen, vielen Dank für eure Unterstützung! Auf meinem Instagram Account werde ich mehr über meine Erholungsphase posten.Instagram: @helpsofiahearagain.

Posted on May 13, 2017

Posted on May 13, 2017

¡Hola!¡Aquí les tengo algunas noticias nuevas sobre la cirugía! Mi familia y yo hemos contactado organizaciones en Venezuela que pudieran donar y de alguna manera ayudarme a obtener mi implante. Desafortunadamente, estas organizaciones no tienen el capital monetario para donar dinero debido a la crisis socio-económica y política que Venezuela está enfrentando en estos momentos. Esta situación nos forzó a buscar otras opciones. La cirugía en estados unidos es mucho más costosa y en dólares. Se están adelantando gestiones con mi seguro básico universitario para que cubran parte de estos costos. En principio, la operación puede realizarse a finales de junio, por lo que me siento muy feliz de informarles estos avances.Muchísimas gracias por todo el apoyo y sigo contando con todos ustedes. Están haciendo que mi sueño de escuchar de nuevo se convierta en una realidad muy pronto. Si desean, síganme en mi cuenta de Instagram @helpsofiahearagain para que sean parte de mi recuperación!

Hello! Here are some updates about my surgery! My family and I have been trying to reach organizations in Venezuela who could donate and somehow help me to get my implant. Unfortunately, these organizations don't have the aids to help due to the socio-economic crisis Venezuela is facing right now. This situation forced us to look for other options. Surgery in the United States will be more expensive. We have been contacting my basic insurance, so they can help cover a part of the expenses. I'm happy to share with all of you that we are planning on having the surgery scheduled at the end of June. Thank you very much for all your support, I still count on you. You are all helping me to make my dream of hearing again become a reality. If you want, you can follow me during my recovery; my Instagram account is @helpsofiahearagain.

Hey! Es gibt ein paar neue Updates bezüglich meiner Operation! Meine Familie und ich haben versucht uns mit Organisationen in Venezuela in Verbindung zu setzen welche uns in Form von Spenden bei der Verwirklichung meines Implantats hätten helfen können. Aufgrund der sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Krise die derzeit in Venezuela herrscht, konnte uns leider keiner dieser Intuitionen Hilfsmittel zur Verfügung stellen. Deshalb haben wir uns nach anderen Optionen umgesehen. Die Operation in den USA würde zwar teurer sei, dennoch haben wir Kontakt mit meiner Krankenversicherung in den Staaten aufgenommen. Ich kann euch gar nicht sagen wir glücklich ich bin, euch mitzuteilen, dass meine Krankenversicherung in den USA sich bereit erklärt hat einen Teil der Kosten für meine OP zu übernehmen. Die OP soll gegen Ende Juni statt finden. Vielen, vielen Dank euch allen für eure bisherige Unterstützung! Jeder von euch ermöglicht es mir meinem Traum vom Hören immer näher zu kommen. Und ich weiß auch, dass ich auch in Zukunft auf euch zählen kann. Wenn ihr wollt, könnt ihr mich auf meinem Weg vor und nach der OP begleiten. Mein Instagram-Account lautet: @helpsofiahearagain.

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