Bilateral Microtia Family Testimonial: Jake's Journey of Two Ear Reconstructions with Dr. Reinisch
Jake is an outgoing and cute boy born with bilateral Atresia Microtia. Jake and his family traveled from the Netherlands to Los Angeles and had two Medpor ear reconstruction surgeries with Dr. Reinisch, first surgery in July 2015 and second surgery in December 2015. Jake's family had a wonderful experience staying at the Ronald McDonald House, touring LA, and thanks Dr. Reinisch and team. Jake's mother Mandy shares their story below:
"Jake, our three year old son is born with bilateral Microtia Atresia. Last summer we went with our daughter Lente and Jake to America. On July 31th Jake had his first Medpor Earreconstruction by Dr. Reinisch with a great result. On December 14thwas the reconstruction of the other ear, again with a beautiful result. Jake has got two ears just like his friends, how great is that! He’s very happy and proud. During our stay we were able to stay in the Ronald MacDonald House, what a beautiful initiative and what are we thankful that we had the opportunity to stay there. Especially the children had a great stay thanks to the Ronald MacDonald House. They have a lot of activities for the children and the volunteers are very kind. Jake was happy because he had a meet and greet with Elsa and Olaf. Lente loved playing with other children and the tinkering at the kids club. Frequently there were volunteers to cook a meal for everybody “meals of love”. It is good to know that there are still people thinking about others. For us it was really a home far away from home. The house was completely decorated for Christmas what gave us the Christmas spirit despite we weren’t home with our friends and families. We rented an house in Hollywood after our stay in the Ronald MacDonald House. From there we went to Seaworld, Universal Studios and Santa Monica Pier. This was a great experience for the kids and for us. The last week of our stay we spend in the Navy Lodge in Port Hueneme. From there we went to Santa Barbara and to the beautiful beaches in the neighborhood. Thanks to Dr. Reinisch and his fabulous team, that we could contact whenever we thought it was necessary, the Ronald MacDonald House and the beautiful trips we can look back on a beautiful time. Again a special thanks to everybody that made this possible."
Two weeks after surgery, Jake's big ear reveal. He's admiring his new ear!
It seems like Jake approves!
Prior to surgery, Dr. Jumper and Jake.
Prior to surgery, Jake's sister Lente gives him a kiss on his hand.
Prior to surgery, Jake's sister Lente and Dr. Jumper pushes Jake into the operating room.
After surgery, Dr. Reinisch, Jake, and Jake's mother Mandy in the recovery room.
Two days after surgery, Dr. Reinisch's PA Mitzi removes Jake's head dressing.
Mitzi in a photo with Jake before he heads home.
Jake and sister Lente playing.
Jake and sister Lente loving the Christmas decoration at the Ronald McDonald House.
Jake and sister Lente loving Frozen characters at the Ronald McDonald House.