Ear transplanted from man's arm to head

In China, surgeons replaced a man's ear with one they had grown... on his arm. The patient lost his ear in a traffic accident. Cartilage was taken from the patient's ribs and cut into the shape of an ear. It was then placed under a flap of skin on his forearm and left to grow. After four months, the ear was fully grown, and ready to be transplanted.The seven hour surgery was a success, and the patient is said to once again have a functioning ear.

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An "ear" is seen growing on the arm of a patient who lost his right ear in an accident, at the first affiliated hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University, in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, November 9, 2016. The growing "ear", which will be transplanted onto the patient's head in a following surgery, was taken from the patient's rib cartilage, cut into the shape of a ear and placed under the skin flap of the arm.

(China Daily/via REUTERS)

Reporters take pictures of an "ear" growing on the arm of a patient who lost his right ear in an accident, at the first affiliated hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University, in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, November 9, 2016. The growing "ear", which will be transplanted onto the patient's head in a following surgery, was taken from the patient's rib cartilage, cut into the shape of a ear and placed under the skin flap of the arm.

(China Daily/via REUTERS)

An ear growing on a patient's arm is under surgery to be transplanted to the head of the patient, who lost the right ear in an accident, at the first affiliated hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University, in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China March 29, 2017. Picture taken March 29, 2017.

(China Daily via REUTERS)

An ear growing on a patient's arm is under surgery to be transplanted to the head of the patient, who lost the right ear in an accident, at the first affiliated hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University, in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China March 29, 2017. Picture taken March 29, 2017.

(China Daily via REUTERS)

An "ear" is seen growing on the arm of a patient who lost his right ear in an accident, at the first affiliated hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University, in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, November 9, 2016. The growing "ear", which will be transplanted onto the patient's head in a following surgery, was taken from the patient's rib cartilage, cut into the shape of a ear and placed under the skin flap of the arm.

(China Daily/via REUTERS)

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