Children’s Hospital Surgeons Perform Groundbreaking Cochlear Implant Surgery

For 3-year-old Chapel Reed, born in China without outer ears and profoundly deaf, life changed forever when a family from Louisiana adopted her in 2016.

The Reed family, of Vidalia, was given various options: proceed with sign language; try to implant a cochlea in the traditional way but risk left-side facial paralysis; or try an unusual, complicated approach — a surgical procedure entering from the brain. The Reeds opted for the complex surgery, then scheduled it at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.

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