Posted: Sep 26, 2013 12:19 PM
Updated: Sep 26, 2013 12:29 PM
Xiaolian is pictured here with a new nose, which is being grown on his forehead. According to Reuters, his original nose was infected and deformed following a traffic accident in August of 2012. The report says the 22-year-old had an infection which corroded the cartilage of the nose, making it impossible for surgeons to fix it. The new nose is grown by placing a skin tissue expander onto Xiaolian's forehead, cutting it into the shape of a nose and planting a cartilage taken from his ribs. The surgeons said that the new nose is in good shape and the transplant surgery could be performed soon.
Picture taken September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer