15/04/2011 12:53 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Seven-Year-Old Has Plastic Surgery To Avoid Being Bullied

Is seven too young to go under the knife? Photo courtesy of Good Morning America.

Seven-year-old Samantha Shaw from South Dakota decided to go plastic surgery despite never actually having been bullied about her appearance.

The youngster's mother claimed that she'd overheard people making comments about her daughters ears - adding that sometimes the adults were worse than the children - and explaining that their actions were to prevent bullying in the future.

Samantha Shaw was being interviewed on Good Morning America, as part of their investigation into the rate of plastic surgery among teens and children - which has reportedly risen by 30 per cent in the last decade.

Samantha had her surgery performed free of charge, thanks to the Little Baby Face Foundation and conducted by Dr. Steven Pearlman, who agreed that any physical abnormality can lead to bullying on the playgroud, but insisted that every case must be judged on its own merit.

"It depends where you draw the line," he explained. "If it's minor, if it's cosmetic, absolutely not. But in my book, and [that of] most of the plastic surgery community, ears that stick out is not a cosmetic issue.'

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