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Watch: Man has ear regrown on his arm

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By Euronews
Watch: Man has ear regrown on his arm

<p>Plastic surgeons in China have claimed success in regenerating an ear… on a patient’s arm!</p> <p>The man, identifying himself as Ji, lost his ear in a car accident a year ago. He is now waiting for it to grow so it can be reattached to his head.</p> <p>“I thought I’m done and couldn’t see anyone in my life, I was in pain,” he said. “When I had to walk out, I would wear a hat to cover where I used to have the ear, for fear of scaring others.”</p> <p>Guo Shuzhong, professor of plastic surgery at the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, said they made the ear with Ji’s cartilage.</p> <p>He added: “We buried a dilator inside his arm three or four months ago. Then we injected a little water every day, which produced a lump on the arm… a piece of skin was made. The skin must be thin, since only if it is thin enough can it be carved into a good shape. With the skin available, we made a cut along one side of his chest and took out three gristles from there. Then we did carvings, modelling from the ear he has, and we put the ear-shaped carving inside the lump.”</p> <p>Ji said: “It was a great job. I’m so grateful to Professor Guo. Now I’m eager to see it grow faster so the doctors can plant it back on my head.”</p>