Pa­tient grows ear on his arm for trans­plant

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By MALIE in Xi’an malie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Doc­tors treat­ing a man who lost his right ear in a car accident have helped him grow a new one — on his arm.

The pa­tient, iden­ti­fied only as Ji, who is in his late 30s, was in­jured a year ago and has been re­ceiv­ing treat­ment from Guo Shuzhong, an ex­pert in re­con­struc­tive surgery at the First Af­fil­i­ated Hos­pi­tal of Xi’an Jiao­tong Uni­ver­sity in Xi’an, Shaanxi province.

Guo, who has 33 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, and his col­league, ShuMaoguo, de­vised a three-step re­con­struc­tion plan us­ing part of the pa­tient’s rib car­ti­lage.

In the first phase, doc­tors buried a skin ex­pander in the pa­tient’s right fore­arm and reg­u­larly in­jected wa­ter to ex­pand the skin. In the sec­ond phase, doc­tors took part of the rib car­ti­lage from the pa­tient and buried it un­der the ex­panded skin, which was suc­cess­fully done on Tues­day.

“The third phase of the op­er­a­tion, to trans­plant the new ear onto Ji’s head, will be car­ried out in three or four months,” Shu said.

Doc­tors have to wait for the ear to grow com­pletely in or­der to make it per­fect for the pa­tient, he ex­plained.

Ji, look­ing at the ear grow­ing on his right arm, said with a smile: “It looks ex­actly the same asmy old ear.”

RUAN BANHUI / FOR CHINA DAILY

Guo Shuzhong, an ex­pert in re­con­struc­tive surgery at the First Af­fil­i­ated Hos­pi­tal of Xi’an Jiao­tong Uni­ver­sity, checks an ear grown on the arm of a pa­tient, who lost his right ear in a car accident.

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