A 17-year old Chinese girl, whose face was disfigured in a fire when she was just five years old, was given a new face that the doctors had grown on her breast.
Xu Jianmei underwent the pioneering surgery in Fuzhou, in Fujian province. Xu revealed that her parents were unable to afford the expense of a surgery but received hope after doctors offered to perform it for free.
The doctors implanted a blood vessel taken from her leg into her left breast and stretched the skin using a water filled balloon so that enough skin could be produced for the surgery. Xu said that the best thing about her surgery was that she was able to smile properly for the first time in 12 years.