A U.K. man has taken his love of parrots to an extreme and The Doctors weigh in on his outrageous choice to remove his ears.
Ted Richards, known as “Parrot Man,” first made headlines for his distinctive look and body modifications which include 110 tattoos, 50 piercings, a tongue that has been split down the middle and a surgical implant under his scalp in the shape of a starfish.
Now, the man’s latest body change has The Doctors questioning if he needs to seek help. The resident of Bristol, England underwent a six-hour operation to remove both of his ears!
The man spoke to South West News Service about his shocking surgery. “I think it looks really great. I love it. It’s the best thing that has happened to me. I am so happy it’s unreal. I can’t stop looking in the mirror. I’ve done it because I want to look like my parrots as much as possible. I’ve had my hair long for so many years my ears have been covered up.”
In addition to his four parrots, Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and Bubi, Ted also reportedly owns a green iguana and a pit bull terrier. He says his quest to become more and more avian is not over. He is reportedly considering having his nose reconstructed to resemble a bird’s beak.
So, what do The Doctors think of the extreme lengths the 56-year-old has gone to become more bird-like?
“This is sad,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says looking at the photos of the man in disbelief.
“Obviously, he needs some couch time. Liking his parrot, his pet, is all good, but wanting to look like the pet?” Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon asks.
Dr. Stork takes major exception with the person who agreed to operate on Ted.
“You know who I think needs couch time is the surgeon who took his ears off. Who does that?” Dr. Stork says, and then questions the psychological state of “Parrot Man.” “I’ll go out on a limb and say that he probably needs a mental health evaluation. Where is that line? Obviously, he crossed it when he cut his ears off.”
Dr. Ordon, who says it appears that a skilled surgeon performed the operation, adds, “Could you imagine the surgeon doing that? Talk about a violation of your Hippocratic Oath of, ‘Do no harm.’ Maybe he told the surgeon that, ‘If you don’t remove it, I’m going to remove it myself’… but the surgeon, in that case, still should have said no.”
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