A Chinese man who lost an ear in an accident last year is getting a brand new one thanks to modern medicine.
The patient, identified by his last name Ji, is being treated at the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China under the care of Dr. Guo Shuzhong and his colleague, Shu Maoguo. Thanks to advancements in reconstructive surgery, the doctors plan to help him grow a new ear, right on his forearm.
Guo Shuzhong, who has 33 years of experience in the field of reconstructive surgery, is implementing a three-step reconstruction procedure that used a part of the man’s rib cartilage to help grow a new ear.
According to chinese newspaper, China Daily, the doctors planted a skin “expander” in the patient’s right arm and injected water regularly to the area to make it expand and fit for the procedure. The second step was done on Tuesday, when they took a part of the patient’s rib cartilage and implanted it under the expanded skin.
“The third phase of the operation, to transplant the new ear, will be carried out in three or four months,” Doctor Shu said. The doctor explained that they have to wait for the new organ to fully grow to make it perfect for the transplant procedure.
According to Doctor Guo, the most difficult part of the procedure is the second step which had been applied on Mr Ji and was deemed a success. The ear transplantation is expected to take place in about three to four months when the artificial organ is fully grown.
Mr Ji told a reporter that the loss of his right ear had brought him inconvenience and that he wished to have a normal life after the surgery.