• Nadia Ilse, Bullied Georgia Teen, Receives Free Plastic Surgery From Little Baby Face Foundation
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[quote]Nadia Ilse is looking forward to the new school year, when she will no longer be called "Dumbo" by her peers for her "elephant ears." To ward off school bullies who began taunting her in the first grade for her ears, Nadia begged her mother at the age of 10 for an otoplasty -- an operation to pin her ears back. The teen, now 14, was recently granted her wish by the Little Baby Face Foundation, a charity that provides free corrective surgery to children born with facial deformities. Nadia told CNN that the bullying turned her talkative self into a withdrawn, antisocial girl. The taunting "hurt so much," she told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta. When the Little Baby Face Foundation was contacted by Nadia's mother, the organization brought the duo to New York City from Georgia and did more than just pin her ears back. The organization's founder, Dr. Thomas Romo, III. also performed reduction rhinoplasty, reducing the size of the nose, and mentoplasty, altering the chin. The foundation covered the estimated $40,000 cost of surgery. Avoiding school bullying by going under the knife is on the rise among American teens. In 2007 alone, about 90,000 youth underwent cosmetic surgery -- though not all cases were the result of teasing. While Nadia says she knows she should have been accepted as she was before the surgery, she also knew the bullying wouldn't end and has no regrets following the procedure. "I look beautiful, this is exactly what I wanted, I love it," she said. Nadia must still start counseling as part of her treatment to overcome the years of psychological distress from bullying, but Little Baby Face board member Don Moriarity told MailOnline that Nadia's new outlook demonstrates the group's mission. "We like to say that Baby Face transforms the lives of these children and gives them newfound confidence," Moriarity said. Nadia's story emerges months after 13-year-old Nicolette Taylor was featured on ABC's Nightline for her nose surgery to overcome online harassment and name-calling at school. There was also global outcry when 7-year-old Samantha Shaw had her ears pinned back to escape name-calling and harassment last year. So through all this, what advice would you give parents? Gupta asked Nadia. "Give your children a lot of love and affection and tell them that they're beautiful every single day," she said. Most states now have bullying laws that require schools to adopt bullying policies, and efforts to combat school bullying have escalated over the last decade, according to a report released in December by the U.S. Department of Education. Between 1999 and 2010, more than 120 bills were adopted by state legislatures to introduce or amend legislation that address bullying, harassment or similar behavior in schools. By the time of the Education Department study's conclusion, there were 46 states with enacted anti-bullying laws, 36 with regulations that work against cyberbullying and 13 that give schools the authority to monitor and address bullying behavior even when it occurs off school grounds. CORRECTION: A previous version of this piece incorrectly spelled Nadia's last name. We regret the error.[/quote] "Little Baby Face Foundation" which is also known as the 'bullies were right foundation'.
I've dealt with verbal abuse since I was in kindergarten. And so it ain't easy at times to disregard what they say, but it's obviously always better to not give in to whatever it is people are saying.
Now they'll know her as the girl whose ears were so big she went as far as to get surgery to reduce them. In a way she's covering up the problem and at the same time probably (I'd like pics before I make my final judgement) making it much bigger of a problem than it really is.
I personally know what it's like to have a visible defect (if you can actually call big ears a defect) and it is very psychologically traumatic. I say good on her getting the surgery, she'll feel like a million dollars afterwards and have the confidence to boot. I don't begrudge her having this operation, as it'll end up with her being a much happier person and will save her years of feeling ashamed of her body.
This is nice and all, but this charity money could have been spent on something more useful, take food for starving orphans as an example
[QUOTE=download;36986838]This is nice and all, but this charity money could have been spent on something more useful, take food for starving orphans as an example[/QUOTE] tell that to the girl who finally has hope because of this
So we don't get an image to look at? How are we supposed to see what her "elephant ears" look like?
[QUOTE=Vodkavia;36986746]I'd like pics before I make my final judgement.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=slayer20;36986948]So we don't get an image to look at? How are we supposed to see what her "elephant ears" look like?[/QUOTE] Here: [img]http://itsybitsysteps.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/nadia-ilse-plastic-surgery.png[/img]
Her after picture makes her look incredibly older than a 14 year old. Edit: Honestly though she gave in too easily, and it doesn't seem like her parents really helped (unless they left that whole part out of the story), except for giving her the surgery she wanted. [quote]...a charity that provides free corrective surgery to children born with facial deformities.[/quote] This just doesn't sound right to me. Calling her ears a "deformity" because they're a little larger than most people's. Maybe I'm just tired because it's 5:30 in the morning, but this is just silly. [editline]29th July 2012[/editline] Also, what about the school and the teachers? What part did they play in all this?
This sends the wrong message. There are many people in the world, and some of them are assholes. But if you give every kid who gets made fun of because of their ears, or their nose, or their unibrow, or their teeth, etc, plastic surgery, they aren't really learning anything from the situation. The message should be: ignore people who are assholes. Sure she's a kid, but that's a lesson we all have learned, and its something you will HAVE to learn, or you won't be able to function in society. Kids are mean, but after high school, none of that shit matters. You go on to bigger and better things usually. You get a job, you further your education in a field you care about. People grow up and stop acting so immature. And if they don't, then you at least need to be mature enough to blow that shit off. This isn't going to help her cope with bullies, it will just make her expect sympathy and compensation because someone called her ugly. Sometimes you just have to brush it off and keep going.
Those ears are large, but nowhere near a 'deformity'.
I saw the title and thought "baby face" said Baby Cakes. [video=youtube;9taJVvD0ivM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9taJVvD0ivM[/video] I was disappointed.
I'd have less issue if it was just her ears, but she also got a nose and chin job. So..I don't know. That seems a bit much.
Oh, and if your ears are that bad, just grow long hair or something, duh!
Yeah why wouldn't she just grow her hair over her ears? Surely you'd do that before getting surgery.
there is nothing wrong with accepting cosmetic surgery to look like something you would prefer
When I read "elephant ears" in the article I expected something along the lines of elephantitis. They're just a little obtuse.
[QUOTE=LunchboxOfDoom;36986955]Here: [img]http://itsybitsysteps.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/nadia-ilse-plastic-surgery.png[/img][/QUOTE] i retract my previous post. that's not a deformity.
You think that's hard? Try having a second name that rhymes with "dicks" I'm telling you
Think this foundation also reduces head sizes? I'm nearing the end of my school years and people still make fun of my bigger head :v:
[QUOTE=Dead Madman;36987202]You think that's hard? Try having a second name that rhymes with "dicks" I'm telling you[/QUOTE] One teacher at my school has the name "Hiscock", he never gets picked on surprisingly.
[QUOTE=samuel2213;36987314]One teacher at my school has the name "Hiscock", he never gets picked on surprisingly.[/QUOTE] I never really saw anyone get picked on for their name at my old schools. Only ever physical differences.
[QUOTE=sirdownloadsalot;36987371]I never really saw anyone get picked on for their name at my old schools. Only ever physical differences.[/QUOTE] Good for you, I guess. 90% of all teachers I've had couldn't pronounce my name correctly and every time a teacher fucked it up most of the class would laugh at it. I suppose that you can imagine that it would get quite traumatic for a kid, before he learns not to give a shit about it.
[QUOTE=download;36986838]This is nice and all, but this charity money could have been spent on something more useful, take food for starving orphans as an example[/QUOTE] Yes because charity must always be to the most needed cause. Might aswell rename charity to "Give it to starving kids or it wont count"
op is lacking source, please fix
pff, everyone has been making fun of my big ears and despite all of my crying and shit, I got through it just fine. heck, look where I am now; on an internet forum discussing cynical topics with other users in the same boat as me. wait, shit.
[QUOTE=usaokay;36987719]pff, everyone has been making fun of my big ears and despite all of my crying and shit, I got through it just fine. heck, look where I am now; on an internet forum discussing cynical topics with other users in the same boat as me. wait, shit.[/QUOTE] i look past your big ears and see the beautiful man beneath them, the man who argues his beliefs on an internet forum, doing what he enjoys. This is what makes you better than those meanie butts that made fun of you, you follow your dreams.
[QUOTE=download;36986838]This is nice and all, but this charity money could have been spent on something more useful, take food for starving orphans as an example[/QUOTE] Everything time we spend money there's always something that that money could have gone towards that would be better.
Kids are assholes, but I suppose everyone needs some way to channel their insecurities. Now they'll have to find someone else to pick on.
[QUOTE=download;36986838]This is nice and all, but this charity money could have been spent on something more useful, take food for starving orphans as an example[/QUOTE] Then you go ahead and put your money in a worthy cause.
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