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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