Indian surgeons have replaced 12-year-old Arun Patel’s damaged nose with a new one after unscrupulous doctors wrecked his original nose when he was a baby.
Cartilage taken from his chest wall was grown on his forehead before being transplanted on his face.
The Daily Mail reports:
Indian doctors performed the remarkable procedure on Arun Patel whose nose had disappeared after the tissue shrivelled and died following treatment by rogue doctors when he was a baby.
Village doctors, with no medical training, administered injections to his face when he was just one month old, causing the tissue to die and drop off.
But thanks to unusual plastic surgery, the boy, from Indore, had a nose reconstructed on his forehead before it was transplanted into place.
Speaking to MailOnline, Dr Ashwini Dash, who led the surgical team said the procedure involved several stages.
‘Arun Patel’s nose had disappeared due to a side-effect of an injection when he was just one-month-old,’ he said.
‘A normal rhinoplasty was not possible on Arun’s face as his nose had almost disappeared.
‘Therefore, we decided to perform a special plastic surgery on him, which is medically called as ‘pre-fabricated forehead flap rhinoplasty’, he said.
Doctors first reconstructed the nose on his forehead before implanting it to its proper position.
The rare surgery was performed over four phases carried out over the space of a year.
During the first phase of the surgery, a special silicon ’tissue expander’ was put on his forehead to make room.
Then a special chemical was injected, causing tissue on his forehead to expand.
Then surgeons took cartilage from the lower part of his chest wall and created an artificial nose.
It grew on his forehead for three months, where there was a good blood supply to help the tissue to develop, before being removed and implanted on his face.
The nose grown on Arun’s forehead was later removed and implanted on his face, Dr Dash said.
He then had further surgery to repair the part of the forehead where his nose was grown.
Doctors said they would monitor his nose implant carefully in case further operations are needed.
Dr Dash told Mail Online that he had read about a similar story in China.
‘Since then I was on a lookout for such a case where I can grow a patient’s nose in his body and help fix his affected organ.
‘Luckily for me, the boy’s case came to me to help me realize that dream.
Since the boy comes from a poor family, we incurred all the cost of his treatment during this year-long process,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Arun told MailOnline he was delighted with the results.
‘I was too scared to see myself in the mirror I would always walk on roads with my head down,’ he said.
‘In school, the children used to be afraid of me and made fun of me.
‘For me, it is just about getting a new nose, it is like getting a new life.
‘Now, I can face the people with head held high.’
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