We often tend to portray young kids as innocent, but the truth is that some of them can be mean towards their friends and classmates. Sadly, that leads to bullying, which is an issue many young people face nowadays.
Gage is a six-year-old boy who has experienced bullying by his friends because of his ears. He has been called “Elf Ears” and other names that broke his heart each time.
His parents, Kallie and Tim Berger, couldn’t stand to see their son being sad and feeling different so they made a drastic decision; to give Gage a surgery for his protruding ears.
They believed that it would help to put a stop to the bullying, although they knew children that young shouldn’t have made their son go through such an ordeal because of his looks in the first place. But as it turned out, the teasing could only be stopped if they fixed Gage’s ears. They also knew all those names his friends called him made Gage less and less self-confident with each passing day.
“He just gets really down on himself and he thinks, ‘I’m not good enough,’” Callie told CNN.
“I just don’t want to be made fun of,” Gage said.
But now, thanks to his parents and plastic surgeon Steven Mobley, Gage got his ears pinned back and is finally happy with the way he looks.
“They often get some not-so-nice names stuck to them, like ‘bat ears’ or ‘elf ears,’ and that sticks with them through middle school and high school,” doctor Mobley said.
When sweet Gage looked at himself in the mirror after the surgery, he couldn’t believe his eyes and his initial reaction was, “Oh my Gosh!” It was enough for his parents and his doctor to know that they have done just the right thing.
You can take a look at Gage’s story and his transformation in the video below. He looks awesome, although we believe he was as handsome even before the surgery.