Rare Surgery Gives 8-Year-Old New Ears
Eli Bell was born with no outer ears, openings or ear canals. Thanks to five separate surgeries, he now has external ears.By Katherine Biek | August 19, 2015
An 8-year-old North Canton, Ohio, boy now has a set of external ears due to an incredibly rare surgery.
According to Newsy's partners at WEWS, Elijah Bell, who goes by Eli, was born with bilateral atresia microtia in 2007. This means no ear canals, openings or outer ears ever formed.
The Children's National Health System reports this condition "occurs in one out of 25,000 births."