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October 31, 2013
Video: Doctors grow girl a new face on her chest after suffering horrific burns
CHINA — A team of Chinese medics have given a teenage girl a new face after growing it on her breast.
Xu Jianmei, 17, was left horrifically disfigured by a fire when she was just five-years-old. This week she had surgery in the city of Fuzhou, in Fujian province, in the southeast of the country. She woke up after the operation to find that she once again had a chin, eyelids and an ear.
But she said the best thing is that she can now smile properly for the first time in 12 years. Ms. Xu’s parents were unable to afford to pay for her to have plastic surgery but she was given hope when doctors offered to carry out the pioneering operation for free.