September 25, 2013 A new nose, grown by surgeons on Xiaolian's forehead, is pictured before being transplanted to replace the original nose, which is infected and deformed, at a hospital in Fuzhou, Fujian province September 24, 2013. Xiaolian, 22, neglected his nasal trauma following a traffic accident on August, 2012. After several months, the infection had corroded the cartilage of the nose, making it impossible for surgeons to fix it leaving no alternative but to grow a new nose for replacement. The new nose is grown by placing a skin tissue expander onto Xiaolian's forehead, cutting it into the shape of a nose and planting a cartilage taken from his ribs. The surgeons said that the new nose is in good shape and the transplant surgery could be performed soon, local media reported. Picture taken September 24, 2013. China Stringer Network/Reuters
A man in China has a new nose growing on his forehead in preparation for transplant surgery, doctors say.
The 22-year-old, named Xiaolian, lost his original nose after a car collision last year. Surgeons were unable to repair his severe nasal trauma.
The only alternative was to take cartilage from his ribs, cut it into the shape of a nose, place it onto Xiaolian's forehead and grew new skin over it.
Surgeons at a hospital in Fuzhou in Fujian province say they expect to transplant the new nose soon.
Previously, a human ear has been grown on an arm.
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