In a series of “miraculous” surgeries, an Indian-origin doctor in the US has successfully grown outer ears of an eight-year-old who was born with a defect that left his ears underdeveloped, reports Asian Age.
He was able to hear but, without developed ears to funnel and direct sound, needed hearing aids to transmit sound waves into his skull. He also required speech therapy to help him communicate fully.
Now, he has two box-like hearing aids placed just above his ears which help him hear better and has also boosted his confidence.
“This defect affects about 1 in 50,000 people. By the time you are 6 to 8 years old, your ears are pretty much full grown. Doing the surgeries at that age allows these kids to start their school careers with normal ears.”
“He loves them; he’s really proud of them and shows his ears off to everyone. It’s strange to people that he’s showing off his ears. We consider it to be a miracle in our family.”