A 15 year old girl was recently brought across to Scotland from Trinidad by a philanthropic family from Montrose. Kade had been brought up in an orphanage and attends a school for children with learning difficulties despite having apparently normal intelligence. She has no external ears and no ear canals.
Mr Ken Stewart, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, runs the national service for ear reconstruction for children born without ears and adults who have had their ears removed. Surgery is usually performed in 2 stages.
In Kade’s case the surgery is complicated by her low hairline and a fascial flap and skin graft will be required to cover the top of her ears.
Colleague Consultant Plastic Surgeons, Mr Patrick Addison, Mr Hilal Bahia and Mr Stuart Hamilton, will be collaborating with Spire Murrayfield Hospital to ensure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon, Mr Alok Sharma, will be giving up his time to insert a bone anchored hearing aid in the hope that some auditory function will be restored.
We are indebted to the Spire Murrayfield Hospital and all of the staff who are giving up their own time to undertake this work as a charitable gesture.
To see what is actually involved performing an ear reconstruction from cartilage view our powerpoint presentantion here