6 Amazing Surgeries That Implanted or Attached Body Parts in the Oddest Places
1The woman who grew a new ear on her arm
She is now the first person ever to have their ear regrown using cartilage taken from her rib. The team of surgeons, led by Dr. Patrick Byrne, took rib cartilage to shape a new ear, according to Red Orbit. In an experimental procedure, it was placed under the skin and allowed to grow for four months before being transplanted into her head.
2The former beauty queen who had her skull temporally attached to her stomach
Mrs. Hilton, 36, had won Mrs. Idaho in 2009 and competed in the Mrs. America beauty contests. Mrs Hilton's skull remained in her abdomen for 42 days until it was re-attached in a successful operation and then, three months after her near death experience, she returned home, and is considered a 'walking miracle.'
3The little boy who was given ‘devil's horns' implants to remove birth mark
Doctors inserted two tissue expanders under the skin, which gradually inflated so they looked like two perfect devil's horns. After four months the implants were removed and the blemish was cut out, allowing the new skin to be stitched together, leaving just a small Harry Potter-style scar on George's forehead.
During the four months he had the horns, George was subjected to cruel taunts from passers-by.
4The teenage boy with cancer who had his leg detached and turned 180 degrees in order to play again
Smith, 13, was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2008 and had to undergo surgery to amputate his knee and thigh. He chose to have “rotation-plasty,” which means his lower leg was turned around and attached to the remainder of his thigh, allowing his ankle to take the place of his knee. There were a number of procedures available, but this was the only one that would allow him to keep his leg. The surgery cut out the middle part of his leg and rotated the bottom half 180 degrees to move it up and reattach it to the blood vessels. It was performed at James Cancer Hospital in Ohio. Less than three years after the amputation surgery, Smith is able to play sports such as baseball and basketball and go skiing.
5The little girl who saved her hand by having it grafted to her leg
She was able to move her wrist but will need more operations over the next two years to remove scars and improve its movement, he said.
6The man who grew a fingertip on his stomach
Doctors operated and attached Wang's finger to his stomach in the hope that new skin and muscle would grow around it. Dr Huang said the technique was a way of restoring blood circulation to the injured finger so that the body could repair itself. He says the surgery was a complete success and that Wang would have a brand new fingertip - separated from his stomach - within a month.
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