Friday, August 27, 2004
A German cancer patient who had his jaw removed in 1997 as a radical cancer treatment has now got a new one. Not a fake plastic or ceramic one either: a real, live, bone one! His doctors did a brilliant procedure, where they grew him a new jaw bone in his shoulder muscle, using a mesh model and bone growth factors, and then transplanted it into his face. He can now chew some solid food, and next year they'll get him some teeth!