The artificial ear was made from the patient’s own rib cartilage.
A man from China, surnamed Ji, lost his right ear in an accident and yearned to have it back. 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. The patient told a report from China News: ‘I lost one ear. I have always felt that I am not complete.’
Thanks to a renowned surgeon named Guo Shuzhong, who works at the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University in the city of Xi’an—having a normal life is now possible.
After the initial check-ups, doctor Guo decided to carry out a three-step surgical procedure for Mr Ji:
- In the first step, doctor Guo and his team embedded a skin expander under Mr Ji’s right forearm.
- In the second step, they took the cartilage from Mr Ji’s ribs to fashion a new ear before planting the artificial organ in the patient’s right forearm.
- In the third step, which is yet to be carried out, the doctors are set to move the fully grown ear from Mr Ji’s arm to his head using the vascular anastomosis techniques.
The ear transplantation is expected to take place in three to four months when the artificial organ is fully grown.