Surgery for new ear will help raise charity cash

Ethan Giles-Bowman
Ethan Giles-Bowman
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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 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.