Microtia literally translated
from the Greek means ‘little ear’. It is the medical word to describe a small
or absent ear.
It is present from birth
(congenital) and can appear on its own or alongside other symptoms as part of a
syndrome. Some syndromes that have microtia as a feature include: Goldenhar
syndrome, hemifacial microsomia or Treacher-Collins syndrome.
Microtia can affect one ear only
(unilateral) or both ears (bilateral). Around ten per cent of children with
microtia are affected in both ears.
As for Matilda, she has unilateral Microtia with moderate hearing loss on her right side. Microtia UK do so much and helped us a lot
when Tilds was born as we didn’t know anything about the condition. Matilda has
grown to love her ‘little ear’ and embraces the fact that she is ‘different’ to
the other children at pre - school. She is the most caring and loving little
girl without a bad bone in her body. Even at three she always looks for the
good in people. I hope to raise as much as possible for this charity