Boy born without outer ears receives rare surgery (WEWS)
8-Year-Old Boy Born Without Ears Has the Sweetest Reaction to His Reconstructive Surgery
Eli Bell, 8, was born with a condition called bilateral microtia, a congenital deformity that left him with no ears and a very limited sense of hearing. After having surgery this summer, Eli was thrilled to go back to school to show off a brand new set of ears, KFOR reports.
After determining that the microtia was not indicative of a larger neurological problem, pediatric plastic surgeon at the Akron Children's Hospital Dr. Annath Murthy created two ears with skin from Eli's rib cartilage and from an additional skin graft. The entire process took four years total.
"Technically, it's very difficult," Murphy told KFOR of the surgery he performed on Eli, "but it's also very artistic." According to the Congenital Ear Deformity Institute, one in every six-to-12,000 babies is born with a form of microtia.
There's no word on how long it took for Eli to recover from surgery or if his ability to hear has changed in the process, but Eli said "I'm thankful that I have these ears because then I'm special." Eli, man, you were always special! You are brave and strong and now you most certainly have the coolest "You'll never guess what I did this summer" story of them all.
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