A 12-year-old boy from Texas felt compelled to undergo an expensive ear procedure just so he could stop being bullied (video below).
Sixth-grader Logan Hanna had his ears pinned back after schoolmates would call them “elephant ears” and mock him, Inside Edition reports.
The boy said he tried everything to hide his ears, including growing his hair out, but nothing helped.
Desperate for a solution, his parents reached out to plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Bryd, who specializes in cosmetic ear surgery, known as otoplatsy.
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According to PlasticSurgery.org, the procedure can cost nearly $3,000, but the parents felt it was worth it to save their child’s self-confidence.
The two-hour surgery was successful and Logan says he feels more confident.
“I look good,” Logan said after his bandages were removed a week later.
Logan is not the first child to undergo an ear-pinning surgery in response to bullying.
First-grader Gage Berger, 6, was repeatedly teased because of his ears, reports Inside Edition.
"[They would say] that I look like an elf and I have weird ears,” the boy said. "I just don't want to be made fun of."
So his parents, fearing for their son’s self-esteem, sought the help of Utah facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Mobley.
"He just gets really down on himself and he thinks, 'I'm not good enough,'" his mom, Kallie, said.
The surgeon agreed the surgery could help the child.
"They often get some not-so-nice name stuck to them, like 'bat ears' or 'elf ears,' and that sticks with them through middle school and high school," he said.
On the day of the operation, Gage took his stuffed tiger with him for comfort as the surgeon explained what he was about to do.
"You don't have that nice little inner tubular part, so we're going to recreate that," the doctor told the little boy.
“You'll wake up and then you'll be done," reassured his dad, Tim.
The surgery was successful, with Gage exclaiming "Oh my gosh!" when he saw his new look.
"I think it looks really good!” Tim said.