Local family turns to plastic surgery for daughter who was bullied because of her appearance
Ear pinning surgery resolved years of cruelty

Lee Jordan
10:15 PM, Jul 24, 2014

CLEVELAND – Samantha Daniels’ baby pictures show a dimpled, adorable girl. But like many babies, one feature was a little out of proportion.

Samantha’s parents felt certain their daughter would “grow into” her ears, which were distinctly protruding. But as Samantha grew, so did her ears—and problems associated with them.

“She would cry when we tried to put a bike helmet on her because it hurt her ears so badly,” said her mother Susan Daniels.

By fourth grade, however, it was the taunting and teasing from other kids that hurt the most. Daniels said, “that is when she came home and said, they’re starting to talk about me at school..called me monkey ears, Dumbo. One kid said she had freakishly large ears when she was in fifth grade. So it started to affect her.”

The family had worked with Samantha’s school to end the teasing, but it didn’t stop. They knew that otoplasty—ear pinning surgery—could be an option, but they wanted it to be Samantha’s decision and had talked to her about the possibility.

“It wasn’t until a full year later that she actually came home sobbing that she couldn’t take it anymore. She’d been picked on just one too many times. And she just said ‘I’m ready. Let’s do it.’ ” said her mother.

Samantha said, “After I would come home crying, I was done with people, done with peers making fun of me. I just wanted to start over with my ears.”

Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Chief of Plastics Dr. Gregory Lakin said, “I see kids on a daily basis coming in for something that they would like corrected. From birth trauma, a tumor, or deformity, they’d like to improve it.”

Susan Daniels said when she took Samantha in for the first appointment, Lakin spoke to her daughter directly and asked why she was there.

“She said, ‘I’d like you to fix my ears please.’ And he said, ‘That’s what I wanted to hear. I want to hear that from you, not mom, not dad,’ ” said Daniels.

Lakin added, “Samantha is a beautiful girl, but her ear deformity was as severe as they come.”

Ask Mr Uppal for advice on how to correct prominent ears. This can be as important as correcting prominent teeth or a large nose. This can play a major part in helping children develop normally with full confidence for study and social skills.