“Lost ear or nose?

“Lost ear or nose? Get new ones 3D printed”, the front page news and details on page 2 in Times of India Chennai edition dated 10th July 2016.

Great news for the medical world. If the ear lobe is cut by accident or bite, it can be replaced by a look alike in Polyjet plastic. Kudos to Arun Chandru,the cofounder of the technology.

I used to wonder how the trees grow again and again if the branches are cut. But they get back the life with new branches and foliages and start yielding fruits and flowers. When cut, nature cares it, cures it and rejuvenates it. Why?  They being part of nature itself.

At this point I have to say what happened to me 30 years back. The distal phalanx of my right hand middle finger got chopped off while I was working in a far off Idukki district in Kerala. The local doctor immediately did the surgery with the same cut off part and put back in its position. He told it will take about 25 years for the nail to grow. Yes, his wordings were true. My finger is back in its position alive and with the full grown nail except the faint stitch marks. I am indebted to that doctor. He had done that without even charging a single pie.

எங்கள் ஊரில் ஓர் நடமாடும் பேச்சு இது “மணியம் இருக்கும் பொழுதே  காதை அறுத்து ஒட்டவைஎன்று.

ஓர் செல்வாக்கு  நிறைந்த குடும்பத்து பேரன் ஒருவன்  அரசுத்துறை ஒன்றில் பெரிய பதவியில் இருந்தார். அவர் சிறு குழந்தை தன் காதை விளையாட்டுக்காக கத்தியால் அறுத்துக்கொண்டாள். அவள் கொள்ளுப்பாட்டி லோபோ லோபோ வென்று அலறி அழுதாள். உடனடியாக குழந்தைக்கு பெரிய டாக்டர் ஒருவரால் காதை தைக்கச்சொன்னார். எல்லாம் நல்லபடியாக முடிந்து குழந்தை வீட்டுக்கு வந்தது. கொள்ளுப்பாட்டி மீண்டும் அழ ஆரம்பித்தாள். என்னவென்று கேட்டபோது  சொன்னாளே  பாருங்கள். என் பேரன் மணியன் இந்த செல்வாக்குடன் பதவியில் இருக்கும் பொழுதே  மற்ற காதையும் அறுத்து ஒட்டவைத்துவிடுங்கள் என்று.  அதன் அர்த்தம் இதுதான். என்றாலும்  அன்றைய காலத்திலிருந்தே தைய்யல் போட்டு அறுந்ததை ஒட்டவைக்கும் மருத்துவம் இருந்தது. என்பது நமக்கு தெரிய வருகிறது.

Decayed teeth are removed and in its place sparkling dentures are implanted as a set or by crowning. Heart transplanting is being done but we do not know how far they are successful. No reports of a very long life afterwards are being predicted. Transplantation and plastic surgery of certain external parts are Ok. But internal parts? A big question indeed? Bypass surgery is also ok, but the fear of death will be hanging over the patient like Damocles sword. Even skin grafting is not getting its original sheen. Amputated legs are replaced by ‘Jaipur foot’. In one way it keeps the mobility.

False eyeballs are implanted so that the face as a whole will not lose its shape and beauty.


Biting the ear was only an idiom used and in later years it entered in the boxing arena to quench the anger.

Many such incidents had occurred earlier which were serious, passionate and funny.

Boxer Muhammad Ali bit the ear and nose of Joe Frazier in 1977

Boxing champion Mike Tyson bit off the top of Evander Holyfield’s ear during the last bout in the year 1997.

Miguel Olivo, the baseball player was suspended after biting his teammate Alex Guerrero’s ear.

Ricky Martin could not resist biting Jennifer Lopez’s ear.

All these incidents will become the stories of past once the 3D printing technology come into force. Slowly the human beings will turn into plastic dolls.

Like spare parts for automobile, this ‘parts’ business will thrive by opening malls. It will be made in Taiwan, China, Japan etc places. Like festival sales, these may be sold as one for one free basis.

Now biting and chewing other ones ears, nose and even the tongue is really a fun filled game.


This was not there at the time of the Great epic Ramayana was written.

When Soorppanagha was humiliated by Lakshmana by cutting her nose and breasts, she ran back to see her brother Ravana. Though very influential man, he could not get her parts stitched back into position. Or Valmiki would not have bothered to make her more beautiful. That’s why she had also discarded it there and left the place.

But in Mahabharatha Veda Vyasa went far far ahead of time in the medical world of mutation.


Lifeless objects are attached to living parts as grafting in plants. See the original grafting process. This was done on my finger.

 But grafting every part of human being is still a dream and will remain as dream only.

For not getting back his lost limbs, is man destroying the plants and trees?

Original is always original, but duplicate is duplicate only! But we must accept the duplicate as it becomes almost original to cover up the missed links.


By Sundareswaran Date: 10th July 2016.

Why did the great artist Vincent van Gogh lopped off his ear in 1888?  A question still under debate.

Source: Times dated July 18th.


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