When Hartanto was born, her lungs had not properly developed and she only had 70 percent hearing in her left ear, with no hearing in her right ear, according to Sarah’s mother, Sharon Hartanto. Doctors said she was either born with the hearing loss or the medication they gave her for her lungs created the hearing loss.
According to Sharon, it was Sarah’s ability to fight for life as an infant that has her fighting today. Sarah has been taking Tae Kwon Do for more than four years and has always dreamed of being on the U.S. Karate Team.
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