Surgeons and scientists have worked for nine months to grow a fully functional nose on the forehead of a 22-year-old man who suffered injuries in a traffic accident last year. The man wanted to remain anonymous but has been encouraged by his surgeons to allow the media to cover the treatment. The result is a near-perfect nose above his right eyebrow.
To prepare a place for the nose, surgeons expanded the skin on the man’s forehead. A small amount of cartilage was extracted from his left rib and planted on the manipulated forehead. Several surgeries were required to develop and shape the cartilage into tissue which could function as part of the respiration system.
Kevin Hancock is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon based in North Wales. He praised the Chinese scientists’ ingenuity. In an interview with the BBC, he said: “The Chinese are very innovative. They are very good original thinkers when it comes to these sort of things.” He commented that modern Chinese society is “tolerant” of scientific resourcefulness.
China is spending close to a trillion pounds on innovation seeking scientific breakthrough. The nation has shown its strengths by building upon advances made elsewhere in the world. In 1998, scientists grew an ear from cow cartilage and attached it to a common house mouse.