Indian-American doctor gifts ears to 8-year old boy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 24, 2015

This could be a miraculous feat in the history of surgeries. An Indian-American surgeon has gifted a pair of ears to an eight-year old boy in the United States. The patient, Elijah Bell, a second-hand grade student at the Frazer Elementary in Stark county, Ohio, was born with bilateral atresia microtia, which is a rare birth defect in which both the outer ears are not developed.

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Elijah had, with the help of Ananth Murthy, director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Akron Children’s Hospital, got a new pair re-constructed from his rib cartilate. This surgical feat has been reported across the United States as a miracle because of the intricacies that were involved.


Murthy had to use a skin graft from the boy’s thigh so as to create a gap between his ears and head. The surgeries had begun when he was four-year-old. The surgery had completed in July when Murthy gave Elijah’s ears detailed hills and valleys.


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