New ear, new beginning for teen boy

For this 12-year-old boy, a fresh start begins with a pair of ears. Jared recently underwent a complex procedure to build him a new left ear. He was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects the development of bones, facial tissue, and sometimes, as in Jared’s case, the ears. Dr. Thomas Romo lll, director of facial plastic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, operated on Jared this past December to give him a fully-formed right ear where there was once only a lobe. During this second surgery, Dr. Romo used a section of Jared’s rib cartilage to form the left ear, adding long-awaited balance to Jared’s face. The surgeries are all free thanks to the Little Baby Face Foundation, an organization Dr. Romo founded to offer plastic surgery to children and teens with facial deformities.

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