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Surgeons in China are growing a new nose on a man’s forehead to replace his original nose after an infection corroded the cartilage, making it impossible for surgeons to fix it.

A doctor checks the infected and deformed nose of Xiaolian, before replacing it with a new nose, grown by surgeons on his forehead, at a hospital in Fuzhou, Fujian province September 24, 2013. Xiaolian, 22, neglected his nasal trauma after a traffic accident last year. After several months, the infection had corroded the cartilage of the nose, making it impossible for surgeons to fix it leaving no alternative but to grow a new nose for replacement.CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/Reuters

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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, local media reported. Picture taken September 24, 2013.CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/Reuters

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