AM was born with Microtia which is congenital absence of the external and middle ear that did not fully develop during the first trimester of pregnancy, resulting in total deafness since birth. 

After being seen for many years by the Microtia Clinic at Westmead Childrens Hospital, AM received an ear reconstruction by a Specialist Plastic Surgeon when he was 12 years old.

His next step will be the elevation of his ear and the insertion of a bone bridge to create hearing in both ears, when AM will hear for the first time in his life, like so many other children his age.