Among all the nightmarish scientific monstrosities making the news lately (especially that one about the flesh-eating drug), we found at least one creepy true story that may actually have a happy ending: this one involves a 22-year-old man in China with a nose growing out of his upper forehead – not as a result of some bizarre genetic mutation, but because doctors actually put it there.
After a serious car accident that severely injured his facial features, doctors were unable to salvage the original nose cartilage of the patient, identified only as “Xiaolian.” Instead, specialists shaped a new nose from the flesh and skin of his forehead, then reinforced it with cartilage taken from his ribcage. Once the new nose is fully formed, surgeons will then graft it into place.
According to a story in LiveScience.com, doctors say the new nose will even shrink down to match the size and shape of the old one and Xiaolian will be able to breathe through it normally, with only a few small suture scars remaining as evidence of the procedure.
This all seems like total mad scientist stuff, and it's definitely a radical approach, but you may be surprised to discover it's based on commonly-used procedures in reconstructive surgery.