Teen boy to get new ear from free surgery

When twelve-year-old Jared emerges from his upcoming surgery, it will be with a long-awaited, fully-formed left ear. The sixth grader from New Jersey suffers from Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare condition that affects his facial bones and tissue as well as his ear development. Dr. Thomas Romo lll, director of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, will perform the delicate surgery using rib cartilage to form the new ear. Dr. Romo, who successfully built and attached Jared’s right ear this past December, accepted Jared’s case through the Little Baby Face Foundation, an organization he founded to offer free plastic surgery for teens and children with severe facial deformities.

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