Parents Get 6-Year-Old Plastic Surgery to Help His Self-Esteem (VIDEO)

How far would you go to protect your child from being bullied? Parents of Gage Berger had no problem letting their 6-year-old get plastic surgery to help with his self-esteem, and while the results make little Gage smile, some wonder if it sent the wrong message.


Poor Gage received nothing but negative comments and jokes about his ears in school -- and he's only in the first grade. Constantly getting picked on, his parents, Kallie and Tim, thought the best way to remedy the situation was for Gage to undergo cosmetic surgery. Taking only a couple hours, the plastic surgeon successfully completed the pinback surgery needed to make Gage's ears look "normal."

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While it seems the problem has been fixed, I can't help but wonder the kind of message this sends to little kids.

On one hand, I would give anything -- including possibly catching a case -- to make sure no one picked on my child. As a parent, it's only natural for you to hope your little one never experiences heartache or pain. The thought of this adorable little boy being bullied in school because his ears look different is just sad (I can only imagine how he feels). With that being said, I don't know if I would OK my children to receive a cosmetic procedure at that age.

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Even though I see this surgery made Gage feel better about himself, I fear it also sends the message something about him was wrong that needed fixing. Who knows how his body would've matured in time and how that would impact how he looks. Even if he wanted surgery down the road, at least he would be older to make the decision. Plus, who's to say bullies are going to stop now that Gage had his ears altered because of them? It pains me to think anyone who picked on him feels some sort of gratification knowing they hurt this 6-year-old's feelings -- to the point of his going under the knife.

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At the end of the day, it's his parents' call on what the best course of action was for their son to take. Hopefully Gage will learn to love himself for who he is and his unique qualities. I would hate for him to feel like something else needs fixing for the sake of trying to fit in.

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