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Child Gets Plastic Surgery to Prevent Bullying

Should Plastic Surgery Be Used to Stop Bullying?

A 7-year-old getting plastic surgery sounds extreme, but the girl's mother says it's to prevent her from being bullied over her cup ears, one of which is a lop ear.

When interviewed on Good Morning America the little girl, Samantha Shaw, said that she wasn't bullied, but the mom was adamant that she was, especially by adults. To me, it sounds like her mom's the one with the issue; maybe the girl wouldn't have a complex about it if her mom wasn't so concerned about her getting the surgery. The doctor who performed the surgery, Dr. Steven Pearlman, said this about using plastic surgery on children: "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."

I feel like it's crazy to look at bullied children as the ones who need to change, instead of the bullies. Maybe parents and teachers should focus on teaching kids (or adults!) that we shouldn't make fun of people for their abnormalities, and that we all have things that make us unique and special, which is a good thing. On the other hand, I can see that there's a difference between deformities that hinder quality of life versus cosmetic procedures that prevent someone from being teased. It's not always black and white.

So I'm wondering, do you think it's right to use plastic surgery on a child to prevent bullying? Or does it depend on the situation?

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