Russian orphan gets new ear after writing to Santa

Russian teenager Danyil Salnikov, 16, who has spent most of his life living in an orphanage in Russia's eastern city of Novosibirsk is getting a new ear after writing a note to Santa.

The teenager who was born with his right ear twice the size of his left, wrote to Santa, joining the younger children in asking for what he most wanted.

Staff at the orphanage, who try to get local firms to donate presents for the children, found a clinic to give Daniel an operation to give him two ears the same size.

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"I'm glad I could help fulfill the dream of the orphan," said plastic surgeon Vadim Yegorov. In a few days time Daniel's bandages will be removed, giving him the appearance he has always desired.