Tween and Teenagers
Teen’s Parents Get Her Plastic Surgery to Combat Bullying
It’s on the list of every parent’s biggest fears – having your kid get bullied. And in most cases, you’d do anything to rectify the situation – talk to parents, get the school involved, even remove your son or daughter from the situation entirely.
But an organization called Little Baby Face Foundation is offering a different solution. They are offering free surgery to children who have been bullied due to their physical appearance, as well as offering free surgery to kids born with facial deformities.
CNN profiled a 14-year-old girl named Nadia Ilse, who said her "elephant ears" made her the victim of relentless "Dumbo" taunts from her peers. She pleaded with her parents to get them pinned back and LBFF flew Nadia and her mother from Georgia to New York to have the procedure done (they also ended up giving her rhinoplasty (a nose job) and amentoplasty (a chin job) which would have ordinarily cost her parents $40,000. And Nadia is obviously thrilled with her results.
"I look beautiful, this is exactly what I wanted, I love it," she said.
And while she says she understands that this may have not put an end to the bullying, Nadia explained that there was no way the bullying would have ended had she NOT undergone the procedure and that this at least gave her a chance to escape it.
Nadia has to complete a counseling course aimed at helping kids cope with the psychological scars of bullying, but what has this lesson taught her? I’m on the fence – really. Letting a kid suffer isn’t exactly teaching them coping skills and god knows if I were her parent, I’d want the abuse to stop too. But is her newfound confidence only skin deep?
Would you get your bullied child plastic surgery?