Dakota comes from a very neglectful background. His parents encouraged him to put gauges in his ears at the age of 11. Because the deformation caused by gauges is considered cosmetic, it is not covered by Medicaid. Now 16, Dakota is very self-conscious about the holes in his ears.
Dakota is currently in a home with his younger brother and sister. He has become an excellent role model for them and is working to improve his quality of life. He is active in his church, athletics, and is a good student. Dakota wants more than anything to have this surgery to be able to put his past behind him once and for all.