A boy who was born without ears, due to a condition known as microtia, has had a pair created from his ribs.
Kieran Sorkin, 9, was born deaf with small lobes where his ears should be. He had the surgery at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital and is already able to hear, thanks to previous surgery to implant a hearing aid.
The surgery team removed cartilage from six of Sorkin's ribs, before cutting, shaping and sewing it.
Meet Kieran Sorkin. The boy born with no ears who had pair made from his ribs. pic.twitter.com/SOlc8g0COj— Energy100FM Namibia (@Energy100FMNam) August 13, 2014
The frameworks are inserted in pockets in the skin and then suctioned to take on the shape of an ear on both sides.
The hospital does about 40 operations like this each year, although most are to create just one ear.
The ear surgery is cosmetic, but provides psychological benefits.
"I want people to stop asking me questions. I'd like just to look like my friends. I'd also like to be able to wear sunglasses and earphones," says Sorkin.