A SCHOOLBOY who had a new ear constructed out of cartilage from his ribs is approaching the next stage of his surgery - and has been told he will have to cut off his beloved locks for surgeons to be able to perform the procedure.
Ethan Giles-Bowman has now decided he will shave his whole head and raise money for the Goldenhar Family Support Group - an organisation which supports people with the condition that caused him to be born without one ear.
He has undergone pioneering surgery at London’s Royal Free hospital to create him a new ear using cartilage taken from his rib - with amazing results.
Now the second stage of the procedure will see the lobe released at the back to ‘open it up’ to look just like a real ear.
His mum Kathryn, from Deepcar, said: “We’ve been told he will have his hair shaved for his operation, so Ethan has decided to have the lot shaved off for charity.”
Ethan, aged nine, was born with hemi-facial microsomia – a strain of Goldenhar Syndrome – which meant his right ear was originally little more than a lobe, and he has no hearing on his right side.
His journey through surgery, carried out by surgeon Greg O’Toole - who trained at Sheffield University’s medical school before first working at the city’s Northern General Hospital - was aired on the BBC’s One Show earlier this year.
Kathryn is also appealing for raffle and competition prizes to use at a charity family fun day she is organising also in aid of the Goldenhar Family Support Group.
The event takes place on August 7 at Bracken Moor Sports Club in Stocksbridge. Visit www.everyclick.com/goldenharfamilyfunday to sponsor Ethan in his charity head shave or call Kathryn on 07855 338897 if you can help with the preparations for the fun day.