Brody's Story


Brody, Age 3

Brody was born on Saturday, November 28th, 2009 at Berlin Memorial Hospital.  He was born with two rare birth defects, called Microtia(small ear) and atresia(no canal)– only about 1 in 15,000 children are born with this condition. Out of this 1 in 15,000, only 3% are bilateral and only 3% of these children have no outer ear, also known as “anotia”. Brody is bilateral. As to no surprise Brody failed his newborn hearing test, his Doctor referred us to a Ear Nose & Throat Specialist at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. Brody’s Doctor wanted him to get a cardiogram also to make sure that all his inside organs were healthy and functioning, especially his heart. All test results cleared Brody of all other syndromes.

At Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee the audiologist gave Brody many hearing tests. The results were that he can hear 50 decibels in one ear and 60 in the other ear. Normal everyday conversation is at 20-30 decibels. Brody has a moderate-severe hearing loss. At two weeks old he was fitted for a BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid) on a soft headband. Brody wears the BAHA all hours of the day so that he can develop speech and language skills. Brody is enrolled in the birth to 3 program to monitor his speech and all other milestones.

After much research about surgical options with Doctors and specialist locally and out of state, we have decided the best option for Brody’s ear construction is the California Ear Institute in Los Angeles, where these doctors specialize in surgically correcting this rare birth defect. First he will have a CT scan to check the function of the middle ear and to see if he is a candidate for atresia repair. Brody’s first ear surgery will take place when he is 3-4 years old, with other surgeries to follow. As of July 1, 2011, the surgery costs $73,300 per ear, so a total of $146,600 for both ears. This is an estimated cost as they cannot predict any other complications after they start surgery. The family will have to stay for an estimated 3-4 week stay per surgery for post operation care.

With the help of the community, family, friends, and prayer we hope to raise enough money so Brody will be able to have these surgeries. Thank you for the continued support, all your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.  Brody is truly a blessing to our family and we thank God everyday for him.


UPDATE: Brody's first surgery took place on April 4th 2013 in Palo Alto, CA. The first surgery opened his left ear canal and to create an eardrum. Following this surgery, Brody had a second surgery to open his right ear canal on June 20th. This surgery went well, his middle bones were not connected properly so the Doctor placed a prosthesis connecting his stapies and his eardrum. On September 5th Brody had his 3rd surgery and received his first 'Big Boy Ear'!!!  This procedure is called"medpor" which is the outer ear construction of his left ear. January 2014 he had his right "medpor" ear surgery.  We traveled back out to California in February 2014 for an additional surgery as some of the skin grafts on his right medpor ear, were not healing properly.In July 2015, Brody needed a revision surgery to repair a weeping ear canal and adjust prosthesis in his right side. July 2016 needed a revision surgery as his prosthesis punctured his ear drum.


For more info on MEDPOR check out this website;


April 4, 2013 Left Atresia Repair Palo Alto CA  
June 20, 2013 Right Atresia Repair Palo Alto CA 
September 5, 2013 Left 'Medpor' Ear Construction Beverly Hills CA 
January 9, 2014 Right 'Medpor' Ear Construction Beverly Hills CA 
February 25, 2014 Fix skin grafts on Right Medpor Ear Beverly Hills, CA 
July 27, 2015                                Revision - weeping ear Canal       Palo Alto CA

July 21, 2016                                Revision - Prothesis - ear drum    Palo Alto CA




Thank You from the

Brody Henke Family

Our family would like to thank everyone who made Brodys Harvest for Hearing pumpkin patch and hayride benefit a huge success!  We are humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and generosity by our family, friends, and community.         A very special thank you to the benefit volunteers for all the help at the benefit , and to help make the weekend run so smoothly! You all devoted a great deal of time and put in a lot of hard work and that will never be forgotten by our family!  Because of all the hard work and generosity to Brodys Harvest for Hearing we have raised enough money for all of Brodys surgeries, the number of donations to the benefit and individual donors was amazing and we greatly appreciate it. Along with many other fundraising events from individuals & organizations from around the community.

       We are truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives and we will be forever grateful for your generosity!!
    We are also excited to "Pay it Forward" by keeping the harvest benefit going in hopes to help other families with medical expenses.

Thanks again to everyone for your kindness and love!!!


With the help of the community, family, friends, and prayer we have raised enough money for Brody to have these surgeries. Thank you for the continued support, all your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated. 

We are truly blessed by such a loving and supportive community!