Kids can be so cruel. So how far would you go to spare your child from being the victim of bullying? Would you get them plastic surgery? One South Dakota mom did just that. Cammy Shaw allowed her 7-year-old daughter, Samantha, to get plastic surgery to have her ears pinned back after she was teased about them.
Good Morning America followed the first grader as she traveled to New York to go under the knife to pin back her cup ears and fix a fold on her right ear.
Samantha told Juju Chang she hasn't actually been bullied. But, her mom said others have made mean comments in front of her, especially adults. "This was a preventative way, so she wouldn't get bullied."
In fact, studies show the number of teens and children getting plastic surgery has gone up 30 percent over the last decade, a lot of it having to do with preventing bullying.
New York Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Steven Pearlman, who performed Samantha's surgery free of charge thanks to the Little Baby Face Foundation, strongly feels that any "abnormality" can lead to torture on the playground. But should that mean kids should actually go under the knife? Pearlman responded, "Well, it depends where you draw the line. If it's minor, if it's cosmetic, absolutely not. But in my book and [that of] most of the medical community, the plastic surgery community, ears that stick out is not a cosmetic issue."
What do you think? Is it better to teach your children to love themselves as they are and ignore what others think?
Here's what idontdopretty tweeted: @maggiesworld WTH! Kids need to learn to love themselves despite loser bullies. Dealing w/ bad people is something that is part of life!
Maura emailed this response: "I was born with my ears sticking out too. I was called all sorts of names growing up monkey ears being the most predominant. I finally got them fixed when I turned 30 and could afford the surgery myself. I was so happy to pull my hair back in a pony tail for the first time in my life. It's a birth defect and I applaud the mom for repairing the issue early on. I don't think it should be called plastic surgery, it is corrective surgery. No different than repairing any other birth defect, whether it can be seen or not."
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