Thursday, December 17, 2009

Aiden's Magazine Debut

Last year we were asked by Dr. Niparko to have Aiden be a part of a National Geographic photo shoot during his CI surgery. The magazine was putting together an article on Bionics, and approached Dr. Niparko to learn more about the "bionic ear". Part of the process included having a photographer come to our house to get to know our story and take many, many pictures of our little man before sound was a part of his life - they were awesome with Aiden. They also took many pictures during his surgery (which I have chosen not see - yet) and came back to participate the day of his activation to capture his first sounds on video and camera. We were hoping to have more coverage on cochlear implants in the magazine than what was written as we are always trying to help educate the public or newly diagnosed families about CIs. All in all though, it was a terrific experience and HOW EXCITING to see our little man in one of the most well known magazines throughout the world!

The whole article is very interesting. It's amazing how bionics are helping people do things they once did or, like Aiden, never would have had the possibility of doing. The article is also online here along with some additional pictures that won't be in the magazine (click on Aiden's picture to bring you to the photo gallery and then click on each picture to read it's caption underneath). You can also pick up the January issue soon and see two full pages of Aiden - one of his xray after his surgery and one of him wearing his CIs about six months after surgery.

11 comments:

leah said...

Reading that article made me tear up- I need to go and buy the magazine! The pictures are just beautiful- I love the one of Aiden looking out of the window.

Congratulations on the magazine article!!

Vivie said...

The article looks amazing! I had to marvel at Aiden's happiness! He's such a happy boy!

Melanie said...

Oh my, Tammy! Those photos are absolutely incredible. I can't wait to get the magazine. Amazing.

Lone Star Couple said...

So exciting! I need to go out and get the magazine. The pictures turned out beautiful!

Amy said...

Tammy that is SO COOL!!!!! I can't wait to grab an issue next month. Congrats!

Jennifer said...

That is really awesome. My husband subscribes to National Geograhic and I can't wait until he discovers this while he is at work. He will the so excited to see a fellow CI kid

mbishopp said...

love the beautiful photos! what a wonderful article to be apart of. way to go aidan!

Jodi Cutler Del Dottore said...

OMG...THAT IS SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!! TAMMY, I'M SORRY I'M LATE READING THIS- INCREDIBLE!!! HE IS BEAUTIFUL JUST LIKE THE REST OF HIS FAMILY...XOXOXOXOXO

Kat said...

I looked to for the magazine this past Saturday and they had the freakin' December issue still on the newsstand! I'm going to go out again on Christmas Eve to see if I can find it for my family to read. It is so amazing to see Aiden and you both in print...you should be so proud of all that you have done. Just think about how many people you will have touched with the article. You rock, sista!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh I can't wait to get a copy!

Happy New Year,

Julie

Julia said...

So that was your Aiden!!! I should have recognized him. I saw the January issue when I was at my parents' house and was so excited -- a little disappointed that they didn't have more on CIs, but that one picture of Aiden was adorable! And I was so happy to show it to Ben. And then I saw on Melanie's blog that the article was about your Aiden -- congratulations and thanks from the whole CI community for the healthy exposure!