A brave pensioner has had a new nose grown from his forehead after losing his original one to skin cancer.
Tony Murray, 79, allowed the entire procedure to be filmed for Virgin Media’s fly-on-the-wall documentary Inside James’s.
The Dubliner had a mark on his nose for nine months which was later diagnosed as a basal cell carcinoma.
Surgeons initially removed a part of his nose, but when examinations showed that the cancer had spread, they were then forced to cut a much larger chunk.
Consultant dermatologist and micrographic surgeon Dr Rupert Barry then came up with a plan to construct a new nose for Tony using a flap of skin and muscle from his forehead.
The complex procedure meant that the flap had to stay connected to Tony’s forehead for four weeks to ensure it received a the blood supply.
Tony admitted the reconstruction was “tougher” than he expected, adding: “I knew the repair job would be a lot more difficult than the actual operation.”
Thankfully, after four weeks, surgeons were able to stitch the flap of skin and muscle into place to create Tony’s new nose.
The delighted patient said he was looking forward to leading “a normal life”, and joked that his new nose meant that “I can wear the glasses again”.
‘Inside James’s’ airs on Virgin Media One on Thursday, September 27th at 10pm.