A doctor in China managed to grow an ear on a patient's arm.
Mr Ji underwent several procedures since being in a traffic accident a
year ago. He has had facial skin and cheeks restored but his right ear, which
was ripped from his head during the accident.
The man, who needed extensive plastic surgery after an accident, hopes to
have the ear transplanted to his face. "I lost one ear.
I have always felt that I am not complete" said Mr Ji.
‘The ear was grown initially with a skin expander which was implanted, then cartilage was taken from the ribs in order to create the artificial ear, which was then planted in the forearm.’
First a skin expander was implanted under Mr Ji's right forearm who
underwent the procedure at a hospital in Xi'an in China's Shaanxi Province.
Next cartilage was taken from his ribs in order to create the artificial ear,
which was then planted in his forearm. Doctor Guo said this was the most
difficult part of the surgery with most complications.
The final stage, to be carried out in the coming months, will involve
the fully grown ear being removed from the patient's forearm and attaching it
to his head using vascular anastomosis techniques.
"It will be four months at the earliest before we learn if Mr Ji gets
his new ear. If he does, expect forearms to become the new host for all kinds
of human organs", said Dr. Guo.