Young ear bite victim facing major surgery

Emma McElchare pictured with her mother Jacinta before traveling to London to undergo an operation to have her ear reconstructed.

A CASTLEDERG student will undergo an operation in London this week in a bid to reconstruct an ear which was bitten off by a dog when she was a child. Emma McElchare, 12, will undergo the four-hour operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital tomorrow (Tuesday).

A first-year student at the Sacred Heart College in Omagh, Emma flew to London at the weekend accompanied by her mother Jacinta.


Before leaving, staff and classmates at her school hosted a party for the young student and presented her with a ‘good-luck’ card signed by all in her class.

This week a team of specialist surgeons at the world-famous Great Ormond Street Hospital will carry out the first stage of the operation with further surgery planned for September.


When she was just three years of age, Emma had her left ear bitten off by a dog while visiting a relative’s home in Killygordon.

Despite efforts of surgeons in Derry and Belfast, the ear could not be sewn back on at the time. This week, her family was hoping for a successful outcome to the operation.

Speaking to the Tyrone Herald, mum Jacinta said Emma – the youngest of three girls in the family – was “more than keen” to have the surgery carried out.

“She just wants it done now,” Jacinta said. “She is not concerned at all about it and I am probably more nervous than she is.


“We have been shown computer images of what it will look like so hopefully it will be a success.”


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