"I always wanted big ears". Kieran, an English child of nine, born without hearing, and with malformation that have only small lobes instead of the ears, can 'now boast quite a few, reconstructed by doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London using the cartilage extracted from the ribs of Kieran. The intervention 'was carried out last week and it is a procedure mainly cosmetic, and Kieran' can sense the sound of the wind and the chirping of birds due to previous operations. But those ears were waiting, and 'was in fact a decision to undergo surgery "talked about since he was six years after watching a program on TV - have told the parents - it was important that it was his decision." The reaction after the operation and Kieran 'was simply: "Wow!".