A mother-of-one who lost her nose eight years ago in a battle with cancer has finally got a new one — after growing it on her arm.
The French patient, known only as Carine, had part of her real nose cut off to treat sinus cancer in 2013.
While the surgery saved her life, the lasting damage left her too scared to leave the house and robbed her of her sense of smell.
Before she had the cancer treatment, doctors crafted a custom-made nose using 3D-printed biomaterial and kept it on ice until technology caught up.
This year, the structure was then implanted under the skin in her forearm where cells and blood vessels grew into the device over two months.
Two months later, the ‘nose’ was then implanted onto her face, with the blood vessels inside it then attached to those in her temples.
The patient is thrilled with the new nose, and says it is helping her to breathe better and smell her garden. Another operation will be needed to allow feeling in the organ.
It comes after it was revealed in May that a British man had a new penis transplanted onto his genital region, after re-growing it on his forearm.
A 50-year-old mother in Toulouse, France, has re-grown a new nose after losing her old one to nasal cancer. Pictured above is the 3D-printed image of her original nose. This was made using biomaterial and implanted under the arm so that cells and blood vessels could grow into it
It is shown above two months later, after it was filled with tissue. In a second operation this nose was then moved from her arm to where her nose was. The patient says it is helping her to breathe better and smell her garden again
The above graphic shows how the nose transplant was carried out at the hospital in France
The tailor-made intervention was carried out by the ear, nose and throat and cervico-facial surgery teams from the Toulouse University Hospital, and the Claudius Regaud Institute, and took place at the Toulouse-Oncopole University Cancer Institute
Carine told 20 minutes that she can now breathe ‘a little better’ with the new nose.
She added: ‘I also find the smells of my garden, I can go out, I come back to life.
‘It’s miraculous, this biomaterial was my last resort and I salute the research and the work of the doctors who helped me to hold on.
‘I stayed shut inside my home for these past eight years. When you are sick, you isolate yourself and the face is what you see first.’
Man, 47, has new penis attached after original fell off due to horrific blood infection
A man has finally had his new penis attached to its correct place after living with it on his arm for six years.
Malcom MacDonald, 47, had his member amputated in 2014 after a blood infection caused it to decay — though his testicles remained intact.
Believing he’d be left with a lifelong stump, the mechanic turned to alcohol and became a recluse.
But in 2015 doctors revealed he could a new penis grafted from the skin on his arm in a £50,000 NHS-funded op.
However, a lack of oxygen in his blood during surgery meant doctors had to abort midway, and stuck the six-inch penis to his left arm ‘temporarily’.
Hospital delays and the Covid pandemic meant the appendage stayed there for six years — making his life a misery.
He was unable to wear short-sleeved tops in public and couldn’t go swimming with his two children for fear of embarrassment.
But Mr MacDonald finally has his manhood back in the correct place following a nine-hour operation last year.
The patient was diagnosed with nasal cancer in 2013, and received chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat it.
This got rid of the cancer, but also robbed the patient of most of her nose.
Doctors initially tried giving her skin grafts to replace the lost tissue, but these died off.
They also offered her prosthetics, but the patient struggled to keep them in place.
It was at this point that surgeons Dr Agnes Dupret-Bories and Dr Benjamin Valerie suggested that they try re-growing the nose.
They implanted the device on the forearm because here the skin is much thinner, similar to that in the face.
The patient had to visit the hospital repeatedly while the skin was growing to ensure it was working well and there was no damage.
After two months they decided it had grown enough to be moved up to her nose.
Once in place the scientists used a microscope to attach the blood vessels in the device to those in the face.
To replace the lost skin on the forearm, they took a graft from her thighs.
The patient spent ten days in hospital after the procedure and was given antibiotics – but it was a success.
Dr Dupret-Bories told France3 the patient was ‘very enthusiastic’ for the operation.
‘It is a tailor-made implant in biomaterial, which was basically scaffolding to be colonized by the patient’s body,’ she said.
‘On reconstructions of such large parts of the face, there was no solution.
‘With this device, we hope that we will be able to offer a satisfactory result in two operations.’
The patient currently has no feeling in the implant, which doctors termed an aesthetic and social reconstruction.
A third operation will be needed to restore these sensations, they suggested.