Man used his RIBS to rebuild his nose after it was ripped off by his dog

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An aerospace engineer lost his nose when his dog attacked him and ripped it off while trying to save him from a seizure…he then undergone ten reconstructive surgeries using bones from his ribs.

WHAT HAPPENED?

The man, Ben Horne, 34, has suffered from epilepsy since he was 15 but after undergoing a change of medication he started having night seizures.

During one episode, his dog Henry mauled Ben’s face, ripping off his nose, and parts of his mouth and chin.

He managed to call for an ambulance but struggled to come to terms with his new appearance.

EFFORTS SO FAR

Over the last five years, he has had around ten surgeries to reconstruct his face, using bones from his ribs and skin from his forearm and forehead. 

Now he is finally starting to accept himself and hopes by sharing his story he can help others going through something similar.

Ben, of Yeovil, Somerset said: ‘During one of my night seizures my dog got scared.

HIS CHIN WAS DROPPING DOWN

After the incident in November 2019, Ben’s top lip was hanging down, he’d lost a lot of his chin and was only left with the septum bone in his nose.

He was rushed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, for a 10-hour emergency operation.

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Ben said: ‘I remember looking in the mirror and I just wished that I hadn’t managed to call an ambulance.

‘I didn’t see how I could live with what happened.’

Ben decided to go down the route of reconstruction and had an initial reconstruction in May 2021 due to delays during the pandemic at Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

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