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FACES: The National Craniofacial Association


Children with craniofacial disfigurements require specialized reconstructive surgeries. For over 49 years, we have taken care of these children and their families while treatment is received. Building faces, building futures.

Real Life

Earrings for Olivia

Imagine how exciting it is for your little girl to get her ears pierced and buy her first pair of earrings. Well, seven-year old Olivia Camp traveled all the way from Virginia Beach to California to get her ears pierced. That's because Olivia was born with a condition called hemifacial microsomia with microtia. Hemifacial microsomia means that one half of her face is severely underdeveloped and microtia means that she did not have an ear on her right side.

Although most of Olivia's reconstructive surgeries could be performed close to home, there were no surgeons who could build Olivia an ear. The Camps contacted FACES to help them to travel to see an ear reconstruction specialist in California. With the help of donations, FACES provided the financial means for the family to travel to California. Three separate surgeries were required to take part of Olivia's rib cartilage, combine it with skin grafts, and sculpt in into an ear.

"Thank you AGAIN for your help. Olivia is so proud of her new ear," her mother recently wrote to FACES. Olivia's dream came true. She came home not only with a new ear, but also sporting brand new pierced earrings!