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Boy to have ears created from his own ribs


Posted on Tuesday, 6 August, 2013 | Comment icon 17 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A boy born without any ears is having some created for him using cartilage from his own ribs.

Kieran Sorkin suffers from a rare condition that means that his ears did not develop properly. In a remarkable operation, surgeons from Great Ormond Street Hospital are to attempt a pioneering new method to build Kieran new ears using material from his own ribs.

"From the cartilage I will carve a framework in the shape of an ear for both sides," said clinician Neil Bulstrode. "Then I will place that framework in pockets under the skin, which is sucked down with a vacuum so that the skin conforms to the contours of the ear framework."

"Kieran, from Bushey, Hertfordshire, has been teased by other children and his mother Louise said the operation needs to be done before he starts senior school."

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Michelle on 5 August, 2013, 23:12
They won't make him hear...he just wants to look normal. And maybe wear sunglasses...okay that was bad of me. lol
Comment icon #9 Posted by R4z3rsPar4d0x on 5 August, 2013, 23:24
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.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Purifier on 5 August, 2013, 23:37
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.........
Comment icon #11 Posted by Michelle on 6 August, 2013, 1:16
That's what he said. If you have a problem with it take it up with him or his mom. My bad...I skimmed.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Likely Guy on 6 August, 2013, 3:07
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.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Likely Guy on 6 August, 2013, 3:27
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!
Comment icon #14 Posted by puckmomma on 6 August, 2013, 19:54
Good Read!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Junior Chubb on 7 August, 2013, 1:08
Are they going to use his spare rib?
Comment icon #16 Posted by WoIverine on 16 August, 2013, 20:07
Wow, really? What ever happened to growing ears on mice?
Comment icon #17 Posted by brlesq1 on 18 August, 2013, 0:02
I think it's great. More power to this kid!


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