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Boy with no ears having pair created

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Kieran Sorkin was born deaf and without any ears, just small lobes where his ears should be.

Now specialist surgeons from Great Ormond Street Hospital are to carve the eight-year-old some ears using cartilage from six of his ribs. These will then be grafted onto his head during an operation next year.

http://www.telegraph...m-his-ribs.html

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If he ever gets married he'll want them removed again. Probably.

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Excellent news for the boy... I hope he gets this all sorted before he reaches high school.. If the kids at his current school tease him, I dread to think what teenagers would do... Some kids can be most cruel...

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In the early '70's there was a girl I went to school with who was born with only one ear, but she could hear on both sides. She had multiple surgeries to produce an outer ear over the years and almost always had a bandage over it. She was from a very poor family and until reading this I never thought about how her family could have afforded it.

I know my husband's uncle had a rare form of cancer and received free medical treatment, because of the experimental drugs he allowed them to use...some with terrible side effects. Maybe it was the same with her...they were "practicing".

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Man we've come a long way in reconstruction surgery. It's hard to imagine someone's whole face being replaced these days, but it's almost a common thing now.

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Science FTW!!!

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good for him

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If he was born deaf how can they suddenly make him able to hear?

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If he was born deaf how can they suddenly make him able to hear?

They won't make him hear...he just wants to look normal.

And maybe wear sunglasses...okay that was bad of me. lol

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They won't make him hear...he just wants to look normal.

And maybe wear sunglasses...okay that was bad of me. lol

Oh so its just to look aesthetically pleasing, or if you want to go with so that he'll fit in with the other kids.

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I thought it mentioned something in the article that he could already hear. Or he had a hearing aid that was able to give him some hearing.

Yep, sayz it right here.........

The eight year-old has also undergone several operations and has gradually regained his hearing with the use of a hearing aid.
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Oh so its just to look aesthetically pleasing, or if you want to go with so that he'll fit in with the other kids.

That's what he said. If you have a problem with it take it up with him or his mom.

I thought it mentioned something in the article that he could already hear. Or he had a hearing aid that was able to give him some hearing.

Yep, sayz it right here.........

My bad...I skimmed.

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If he has some form of hearing, building him some ears will not just be cosmetic. Real ears will give him almost stereo hearing (liken it to not just 'seeing', but having 'depth perception').

'Kunstkopf', or 'dummy head' recording: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dummy_head_recording

Ears are not just cosmetic.

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For my point, this will help as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinna_(anatomy)

Each ridge and fold in the human ear gives us directionality, or a third dimension in the auditory world.

If young Kieran has any auditory ability and this works, I would love to see the look on his face!

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Are they going to use his spare rib?

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Wow, really? What ever happened to growing ears on mice?

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I think it's great. More power to this kid!

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