And also--this doctor is insane.
Is cosmetic surgery the answer to bullying?
Nadia Isle, 14, had been taunted since Grade 1: “Dumbo” and “elephant ears” were the cruel refrains of bullies who took issue with her ears.
By age 10, the Georgia girl was begging her mother for an operation, so Mom did some digging online and found the Little Baby Face Foundation, a non-profit that delivers free surgery to children born with “facial deformities,” kids who in some cases have been bullied.
Mother and daughter flew to New York for an otoplasty, which involves pinning back the ears. Disturbingly, the organization’s founder, Thomas Romo III, decided Nadia needed plenty of work besides her ears, going to town on her entire face.
“I love thin chins, but I don’t want it as pointy as that chin,” Dr. Romo announced. He also gave her a nose job, ostensibly for the purpose of symmetry.
When CNN’s Sanjay Gupta asked the doctor why he decided to operate on facial features neither Nadia or her bullies ever took issue with, Dr. Romo replied, “She didn’t recognize that.” (Globe and Mail - thanks to my bro who sent me the story.)