Nadia Iles, a 14-year-old girl from Cummings, Ga., has been teased for having big ears since she was 7 years old. The teasing got so bad that the bullied teen begged her mom to let her have surgery to pin her ears back. Her mom couldn't afford the surgery, so the Little Baby Face Foundation picked up the bill. How nice of them.
Dr. Thomas Romo, the president of the organization, was so touched by Nadia's story that he felt the need to help her. In addition to pinning her ears back, he operated on her nose and chin.
When Romo was asked if operating on Nadia would send a bad message to teens who are bullied, he said, "She wasn't picked to have her surgery because she was bullied. She was picked for her surgery because of her deformities." Hm...can you really classify large ears and a crooked nose as deformities?
Since she's had the surgeries, Nadia feels a lot better about her appearance. "I see a new me, a beautiful girl," she said.
Although it's good that Nadia finally feels confident about her appearance, it's kind of sad that she had to have several plastic surgery procedures to feel that good about herself. She's basically telling all teenage girls that the solution to bullying is plastic surgery. Her mother should have made her wait until she became an adult to have cosmetic surgery. What happens if a kid makes fun of another part of her body? Is she going to have more plastic surgery?