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7-Year-Old Girl Undergoes Plastic Surgery to Prevent Bullying

April 14, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Health & Medicine with 1 Comment

Before and After.

Little Samantha Shaw, age 7, says she hasn’t actually been bullied about her formerly protruding cup ears. Sure, she’s been teased and called names. But even her own mother admits that “adults are the worst” when it comes to name-calling. Still, Cami Roselles, Shaw’s mom, allowed her daughter to undergo cosmetic surgery as a preventative measure to thwart future bullying.

ABC News reports that the freckle-faced first grader and her mom traveled from their home in Sturgis, South Dakota all the way to New York City to undergo the operation, performed for free (thanks to the Little Babyface Foundation) by Dr. Steven Pearlman. The two-and-a-half-hour otoplasty, in which her ears were pinned back, left little Samantha black and blue with bruises and ill from the anesthesia.

Still, both mom and daughter seem to think it was all worthwhile. “I really don’t like people asking about my ears,” Samantha said before the operation. Now they won’t anymore.

But some experts warn that plastic surgery is not the solution to bullying. “We never want to hold the victim responsible for the bullying,” Cheryl Rode of the San Diego Center for Children told ABC News.

Still, Samantha Shaw looks forward to doing the simple things she was always too self-conscious to do, like wearing her hair up and wearing earrings.

“I don’t want her to be teased and bullied and then have her lash out and treat people the way she’s being treated,” her mother said.

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One Comment

  1. WakakoApril 14, 2011 at 3:07 pmReply

    I feel conflicted after reading this post. While I hope that my child would be secure and confident enough to not be bothered by protruding ears or comments about them, I can understand why Samantha and her mother opted for plastic surgery.

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