September 26, 2013 12:06 pm -

The 22-year-old man was injured in a car accident and doctors are using cartilage from a patient’s ribs. If you’re wondering why this story is on Liberaland, its because we have a forehead for news.

The technique, reportedly a first, updates a common practice in reconstructive plastic surgery, doctors say.

The patient, nicknamed Xiaolian, received only basic treatment after the August 2012 wreck and could not afford surgery. His nose has become so badly infected that it cannot be saved.

Doctors in Fuzhou City, in Fujian province, decided to try the novel approach to growing a nose, which has taken about nine months.

Cheston Catalano