14-Year-Old Born With A 'Facial Abnormality' Is Asking For Our Support As He Prepares For His 53rd Surgery

What a beautiful spirit.

14-year-old Austin was born with Goldenhar Syndrome, or, as he explains in a video, "a cleft palate cranial facial abnormality." The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia reports the syndrome affects one in every 3,000 to 5,000 births. 

Austin is also deaf, and has only one ear. 


According to Austin's video on his Facebook support page, doctors didn't think he'd live to see his first birthday.

But now, at almost 15 years old, and 52 surgeries later, he's here to share his story.

"I love football, soccer, basketball and track," reads one sign in Austin's video.

Now, Austin faces yet another surgery in June.

This time, the doctors will repair Austin's palate.

 But unfortunately, surgery is expensive, so Austin took to social media to raise money and help his mom with their medical bills.

But he was "really nervous" to ask for help in a video.

"So to make this video I guess I am being brave! No one should be ashamed of how they look." Austin writes.

And we couldn't agree more.

Watch the full video below:

You can support Austin and his family through their GoFundMe page. Already, the page has created a large community of heartwarming supporters. 

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