Samantha Shaw, age 7, before and after ear surgery. Screen shot via Good Morning America.
Yes, you read that headline correctly. A seven year old girl whose ears stick out opted to get a fairly major surgery called a otoplasty. Her surgery lasted two and half hours and was performed in effort to silence her bullies. Samantha Shaw is only in the 1st grade but her mother said that the elective surgery was an attempt to stop the bullying because kids are so cruel.
According to GMA, Samantha was born with “cup ears”. Her mother, Cami Roselles, told the morning news program that her daughter’s doctor said Samantha’s ear would correct itself as she got older, but they never did. Not only did her ear stick out, it also started to fold over. Samantha told GMA that she wanted to have the surgery done. Little Samantha sees it as getting her “ear fixed”.
Samantha and her mother made the long trip on a plane from South Dakota to New York to have the cosmetic surgery done through a charitable organization. Her plastic surgeon said that studies show that if prominent physical deviations that are easily correctable go uncorrected, children can suffer from self esteem issues and depression. Whether you support the decision or not, Samantha ultimately appeared on the program to be very happy over her decision.
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