Nathan has severe to profound hearing loss. Most likely he lost his hearing when his body went completely septic at 9 days old, either from the infection or medication used to save his life. On October 28, 2011 Nathan received his first cochlear implant. This is Nathan's only chance for hearing. We had decided to wait awhile until we thought about the next implant. Nathan's ENT explained to us that we should really do it within one year so the brain will except the second implant. We started the pre-implant process again and received a surgery date much more quickly than expected. The doctor's office submitted to Blue Cross and we received a letter saying the implant was medically necessary but they would not confirm or deny payment and would review the claim when it was processed. Knowing how expensive the surgery is, Preston and I decided to step out in faith and trust God to provide for the surgery. Nathan received his second implant November 26. This past Friday night we received our e-claim status showing us that we owned less than $500 of the $73,000 surgery cost! Praise God! He is so amazing.
Nathan will receive the external part of his implant January 2nd. We will see the audiologist every week the month of January and part if February to work on programming the device.