Chinese doctors who grew a man a new ear on his forearm after a serious traffic accident have now transplanted the organ onto his head. The man, whose surname was given as Ji, underwent the remarkable procedure. He lost his right ear in a traffic accident in north China's Shanxi Province last year.
The realistic ear, which was modelled with the help of 3D-printing technology, was made with cartilage from the patient’s ribs.
It was then attached to his forearm under a piece of expanded skin. There it was allowed to grow for several months until experts deemed it ready for the transplant.
To help him restore his hearing, plastic surgeon Guo Shuzhong who works at the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University in the neighboring Shaanxi Province planted an artificial ear on his arm.
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