Saskatchewan

Arabella Carter gets ear surgery and post-op celebrity visit

Arabella Carter, the little girl from Prince Albert, Sask. who was born without external ears, has had reconstructive surgery. The youngster and her family were in Los Angeles for the procedure and were treated to a morale boosting post-op visit by music celebrity Paul Stanley, who supports a charity for children with microtia.

Kiss band member Paul Stanley supports Arabella

Arabella Carter, recovering from surgery to correct micotia, gets a visit from Paul Stanley of Kiss fame. Stanley is a key supporter of Mending Kids, a charity that helps children around the world with microtia, the term for an unformed external ear. (Mending Kids)

Arabella Carter, the little girl from Prince Albert, Sask. who was born without external ears, has had reconstructive surgery. The youngster and her family were in Los Angeles for the procedure and were treated to a morale boosting post-op visit by music celebrity Paul Stanley, who supports a charity for children with microtia.

Bilateral microtia is the technical name for the condition of being born without external ears.

Arabella's surgery took place March 6, according to a posting on the Facebook page Ears for Arabella.

"Arabella is out of surgery," the post said, adding the four-year-old was recovering "safely in our arms."

The next day, Kiss band member Paul Stanley was at the child's bedside providing well wishes for Arabella.

Stanley was also born with microtia and waited over 30 years for his ear to be constructed. He is now closely associated with non-profit group Mending Kids, which raises funds to help children around the world access reconstructive surgery.

The musician said the cause is very close to him and in interviews he has spoken about the teasing he endured as a youngster who was different.

Arabella Carter with her family and celebrity Paul Stanley. (Mending Kids)

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