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Likely the most jarring image you’ll see today, doctors in China are in the process of growing a new nose on the forehead of a 22-year-old man who was in a serious car accident last year that resulted major nasal trauma -- so severe that the man’s nose became infected and corroded, making it impossible for doctors to operate on.
Seeing no other options, the Chinese doctors have been slowly growing the man a new nose on his forehead for the past nine months, placing skin tissue expanders onto his forehead and forming them into the shape of a nose. Cartilage was also taken from the man’s ribs to fill in, if you will.
As unconventional as this sounds (and looks), plastic surgeon David Cangello, M.D. of Lenox Hill Hopsital and Manhattan, Eye Ear and Throat Hospital in New York told NBCNews.com, “I would call it a different take on a principles that we commonly use in reconstruction.”
A transplant date has not been set, but doctors say it will be soon -- and that the hardest part is over.