This first-grader was often bullied and made fun of because of his “elf-like” ears. He feared going to school, and gradually lost his self-esteem. Concerned about their son’s dilemma, his parents made a difficult decision.
This 6-year-old boy, Gage Berger, was afraid of going to school because other children said he looked like an elf and that he had weird ears, the boy told Inside Edition.
“I just don’t want to be made fun of,” said Gage, who often pushed back his ears in front of the mirror to see what it would look like, according to his parents, Tim and Kallie Berger from Utah.
His parents worried that other children’s taunts would damage their little boy’s self-esteem and affect him for life.
“He just gets really down on himself and he thinks, ‘I’m not good enough,’” said Gage’s mom.
They wanted to put an end to their son’s plight permanently. So they made a tough decision to bring their boy to a facial plastic surgeon.
Dr. Steven Mobley, in Salt Lake City, who performed the surgery, told the parents why he thought ear surgery can sometimes be good for children to have: “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.”
Despite that surgery can sometimes be a scary experience for a first-grader, the results of Gage’s operation were as he had wished.
After the two-hour surgery, Gage had to wait for two more days before he could check out his new look.
“Oh my gosh!” Gage blurted out, upon seeing the transformation after the surgery. Now this boy is really happy, and so are his parents.
“I think it looks really good!” said his dad.