Utah boy silences bullies after surgery, now smiles ‘from ear to ear’

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MURRAY, Utah – A 6-year-old Utah boy can’t stop smiling after surgery to have his ears pinned back.

Gage Berger’s dad, Summit County Patrol Sergeant Timothy Berger, told ABC News kids started teasing his son more and more about his ears.

“I’d catch him looking in the mirror and trying to pin them back, and when he got nervous or upset or when he was in trouble, he’d physically grab his ears,” Timothy  told ABC News. “It was subconscious. It was him thinking that his ears were the problem and that was why he must be in trouble.”

Timothy and his wife, Kallie, researched surgical options for their son and found Dr. Steven Mobley in Murray.

Dr. Mobley has a charitable surgery foundation to help children who are victims of bullying and who otherwise couldn’t afford the procedures.

“I get a lot of patients with big ears, and some of them decide they like their ears and they have the strength and resilience to stand up to bullies,” Dr. Mobley told ABC News. “But I also have other patients who are just crushed, and they shouldn’t be shamed for wanting a procedure that helps them gain back their confidence.”

Dr. Mobley and Gage’s parents explained the surgery to him and made sure he wanted to do it after knowing all of the details.

They said they would have backed out if Gage even hesitated, but he did not.

Dr. Mobley said he also had surgery to pin his ears back when he was young, so he understands what many children are going through.

Gage “grinned from ear to ear,” Dr. Mobley said after seeing his new look two days after surgery.

Timothy said Gage is “back to his old self again” and “couldn’t be any happier.”


  • Mary

    Great! There is nothing wrong with this decision what so ever! The boy was perfect the way God made him yes, but unfortunately kids can be so cruel! And not all kids have the personality to stick up for themselves.. and even if they did it would get old fast! Now this boy can go though out life without being teased or feelin self conscious! He can be happy! If it were my son & I saw that much pain & tears from it, I’d offer it to him in a heartbeat! If the boy is happier now because of it then it’s all worth it. His entire life will be different because of this. Congrats kiddo, your beautiful, before & after surgery!

  • brady

    This is terrible!!! He should have kept his ears how they are. I had bigger ears then him when I was a kid and was teased to the point I wanted to kill myself. It came from nieghbor kids school kids and my own brothers. I had plenty of names and it made me stronger growing up. My head finally grew into my ears and it wasn’t an issue anymore. I always had the chicks and was the cutest ones out of my brothers when we got older. I have two boys and he has my ears. I would never let him do this. My boys are seven and eight and these parents should have taught him to stand up to his bullies or at least to the thoughts in his head. This is what bullying has become now days. Get plastic surgery because you can’t deal with what life throws at you.

  • Mimi

    This teaches the boy the wrong lesson. And bullies will always find something to bully a kid about. If it’s not the ears, it’ll be something else they find to make fun of. And it gave the bullies a win. It basically rewarded their bullying. I would be willing to bet $100 that the bullies will now laugh at him and tease him saying, “haha, you had dumbo ears and had to fix them!” Stupid parents.

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