Bullying is drawing headlines across the United States, with parents and children crying foul on bullies and getting attention for schoolyard meanies. Apparently everyone has their own method for dealing with bullies, from alerting authorities to switching and even plastic surgery.
14-year old Nadia Ilse has become the subject of controversy after undergoing plastic surgery for her “Dumbo ears” that were the topic of bullying. The plastic surgery was arranged and paid for by “the Little Baby Face Foundation, a charity that provides free corrective surgery to children born with facial deformities,” according to the Huffington Post.
Although her ears are what drew the attention of her tormentors, the organization’s founder, Dr. Thomas Romo, III didn’t just pin back her ears, he also performed nose surgery to reduce the size of her nose and a mentoplasty to alter her chin. In all, the foundation covered the cost of an estimated $40,000 of plastic surgery.
After surgery, Nadia says, “I look beautiful, this is exactly what I wanted, I love it.”
Despite Nadia being pleased with the results, controversy has waged on whether or not plastic surgery is really a good avenue of treatment for bullying. Others have expressed concern that she received more than just an ear pinning. And still others are troubled by the fact that Nadia was even considered for plastic surgery by a foundation that treats children born with facial deformities—which usually fall under cleft palates.
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