Carter Robbins, 6, said he was constantly teased on the school bus because of the size of his ears. Carter, tired of the torment, decided to undergo surgery to pin back his ears.
“They would call him big ears and one kid punched him in the stomach,” Adriene Booth, Carter’s mother, said. “When Carter started to cry, the boy asked him if he wished he could fly away.”
Booth said her son spent his Kindergarten year trying to dodge bullies on the school bus.
“He kept saying, ‘I want my ears fixed.’”
Carter doesn’t like to admit how bad the teasing makes him feel.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Booth said. “It’s hard when someone is hurting your baby and you don’t know what to do.”
The family finally found Salt Lake Doctor Steven Mobley, a board certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He established The Mobley Foundation for Charitable Surgery.
The foundation provides otoplasty surgery for victimized children. For a child to qualify for a surgery the child must be health, have documented bullying, provide proof from a school administrator and proof of some financial hardship.
ABC 4 News followed Carter into the operating room Wednesday morning. He said he was not nervous, but rather excited to change the look of his ears.
“I just hope he’ll have more confidence and won’t be self-conscious of it or worry about being made fun on,” Booth added.
Carter successfully made it out of surgery. He will have the surgery dressings removed and ears revealed Friday.