A woman in France grew a nose on her arm to prepare for a transplant after losing a large portion of her own during treatment for cancer.
In 2013, the patient from Toulouse, France, was treated for nasal cavity cancer with radiotherapy and chemotherapy, eventually losing part of her nose. For years, she’s lived without it, despite reconstruction attempts and prosthetics failures.
But now, thanks to emerging medical technologies, she is able to get a new nose — one that she grew herself. A custom nose, made from 3D-printed biomaterial to replace cartilage, was made for her and then implanted on her forearm.