Khatera was born in Afghanistan and six months later, her family fled her native land for India because the war broke out. She and her family lived in India for a year before seeking refuge in the U.S. When she arrived at her new home in the U.S., her family discovered that Khatera suffered severe hearing loss because of German Measles she contracted while living in India. 

A story of sound 

At just two years old, she was fitted with her first set of hearing aids. Khatera not only had to learn to talk like any child learns at that age but simultaneously had to learn to take cues and read lips. At such a tender age, she learned to utilize her other senses to compensate for the loss of hearing. Her sense of sight has turned several of her ideas and dreams into beautiful realities, which has served her well professionally.