Chinese surgeons at a hospital in Fuzhou, Fujian grew a new nose on a 22-year-old man's forehead after an accident left his original one unusable.

Xiaolian had sustained injuries to his original nose after a traffic accident, which led to a severe infection and deformity.

To craft the new appendage, doctors took cartilage from Xiaolian's ribs and implanted it under skin tissue on his forehead. When finished growing later this month, the nose will be transplanted to its proper place.

In January, British doctors grew a nose on a man's arm after he lost his original to cancer.

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15 Responses:

  1. Will says:

    This seems like an prank. If you want to grow a nose on somebody's face, I could think of a more obvious spot.

    (OK, perhaps there's actually a medical reason that wouldn't work, maybe something with breathing, but seriously, does he really need one more scar on his head? I'm with the arm people there.)

    • Elusis says:

      If you follow the links to Reuters, the story is clearer. He neglected to take care of his injuries after his accident, and got an infection so bad that it corroded the nose cartilage. So presumably they're not growing a new nose on top of the old one because the area needs surgery already. ("Unusable" is a particularly bizarre and inappropriate description - I suspect overuse of a thesaurus in an attempt to avoid plagiarism.)

  2. Ben says:

    Does this place smell like dandruff to you guys?

  3. Jim Sweeney says:

    a.k.a. "How do we cover up the effects of this toxic waste dump?"

  4. Dave Slavik says:

    To steal from someone.."MIND BLOWN"

  5. In the meantime, he's really going to need an umbrella.

  6. Boldra says:

    I hope if he'd lost his dick they would think of a better place to put it.

    • relaxing says:

      They can grow dicks now?? Just, uh, asking for a friend.

    • nooj says:

      This is the first thing everyone thinks of. But it turns out the forehead is a fine place to grow stuff, especially skin--it has great circulation and it doesn't get bonked into things that much. The thing grows well, and there is little or no scarring after removal.

      Babies who need skin for a future surgery can have an inflatable balloon (think of a breast-shaped balloon) surgically inserted under the skin of the forehead or cranium and slowly inflated over the course of months or years. (Longer if more extra skin is needed.) Their head looks horribly misshapen, but the skin stretches and grows around the balloon just fine, and when the major surgery occurs, the skin is viable and ready to go.

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