A 15-year-old Israeli boy who allegedly underwent ear piercing illegally without parental permission, suffered severe gangrene and almost lost his earlobe to infection.
Niv Lin, a teenager from Mazkeret Batya, had his upper part of the earlobe pierced without the consent of his parents. His parents had been on a ski vacation. They returned only to find their son wearing an earring and with an extremely swollen left lobe.
“We were very angry that he did it without our permission; we even went to talk to the young man who did the piercing to tell him he acted illegally,” Gil, the boy’s father told The Jerusalem Post.
With his ear piercing gone all wrong, Lin visited their family’s health fund physician’s clinic, with his parents and a swollen left earlobe. The doctor immediately made an incision in his lobe to drain out the pus. However, he suspected an advanced infection-Gangrene, and hence referred them to Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, that would facilitate a general operation to be performed, to stop it from spreading.
Kaplan Medical Center Doctors sent him for an urgent surgery under general anesthesia to get rid of the gangrenous pieces of cartilage from his ear.
Helix piercing is extremely harmful, and is frequently accompanied with prolonged infection and occasionally permanent disfigurement of the earlobe.
“The infection could have spread to his blood circulation and bones”, said Dr. Hagit Shofel Habakuk, a surgeon in the ear-nose-and-throat department. She further urged all parents to prevent their children from undergoing these unnecessary complications.
In order to create a new cartilage and restore the shape of his outer ear, Lin received intravenous antibiotics for several days.
“I went through a very unpleasant experience. I call on other youths not to undergo piercing even if they have to endure social pressure,” he said. He also told his parents that he had dropped the idea of piercing his ear.
According to a 2004 Knesset amendment, piercing of the body (except the lower part of the ear) on anyone under the age of 16, without the parents’ written consent, is prohibited.