If the pioneering treatment is successful, it could one day be used to treat people born with no body parts or those with facial scarring from burns or cancer.
A girl injured in a fire and a woman recovering from cancer are hoping to become one of the first patients in the world to get 3D printed ears.
Brave Elizabeth, six, and Tina Morgan visited researchers who are using cloned cells to create new cartilage.
Medics hope the printing method, which builds cartilage layer by layer, will allow them to create organs that can be successfully transplanted into patients.
Birmingham lass Elizabeth lost an ear, several fingers and was scarred in a fire when she was just 6 months old.
She needs daily treatment to manage her pain and says the Swansea University project is “exciting”.
Tina, from Merthyr Tydfil near Cardiff, lost part of her ear after surgery to remove skin cancer. She says the project “could change our lives.”
Current reconstruction methods suggest that surgeons carve parts of the ribs and insert them under the skin, but Tina doesn’t want the painful procedure.
“When I looked at the study, I thought it seemed like a more viable way to help not only me but other people,” she said.
Elizabeth’s father, Liam, called the study “astonishing” and added: “Elizabeth lost an ear, so if an ear was printed out using her own cells that would be great. great.
“We are hoping [it] It will be beneficial for the children so that they do not have to face the physical and emotional impact of the scars”.
Professor Iain Whitaker, the researcher hopes to have clinical trials in “two to five years”.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/girl-injured-fire-could-among-26456757 Fire-injured girl may be among the first in the world to get 3D printed ears