'It's unbelievable': Man who was mauled by a bear reveals how surgeons are 're-growing' his nose on his ARM in 'amazing' treatment (and says he's STILL hunting)
- American hunter Lee Brooke had his nose and mouth ripped off by a grizzly bear
- He had become separated by his hunting party who later found his nose
- Doctors are regrowing the nose on his arm and plan to reattach it to his face
An American hunter whose nose was ripped off by a bear is having it regrown on his arm in a pioneering new treatment.
Lee Brooke, 60, from Pennsylvania, was on a hunting trip in Wyoming in October 2016 when he was attacked by a bear, who took off both his nose and lips.
His brother-in-law later found his nose and doctors were able to attach it to his arm to keep the cells alive. The nose is now regrowing above his right wrist and will later be reattached to Mr Brooke's face.?
Speaking on This Morning today, Mr Brooke spoke of his 'miracle' recovery - and revealed that he has continued to hunt since the accident.
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Lee Brooke, 60, was on a hunting trip in Wyoming in the US in October 2016 when a bear took off his nose. He appeared on This Morning with his wife Martha, pictured, to share his story
Doctors attached Brooke's nose to his arm, pictured, with the help of leeches and it is expected to be reattached to his face in the next couple of years
A tearful Brooke said it was an 'amazing process' to reconstruct his face, admitting he is lucky to be alive.?
It will take doctors another couple of years to complete the reconstruction on Brooke's nose.
Medics?used leeches to keep the blood in the nose flowing so they could reattach it just above his wrist on his right arm.
The nose will only have one nostril as the left one died when he was left for seven hours without medical assistance.
He said: 'It's an amazing process, they reattached it [my nose] to my arm the next day. The used leeches to keep it alive. It didn't all survive but they have enough to work with. It will take a year or two years to reattach.?My lip died so I lost my moustache. My left nostril died. It's going to take a year of surgeries.'??
Brooke, who is a keen hunter, before the accident took place with his wife Megan
Holly Willoughby called the treatment 'unbelievable' as his wife Martha admitted he'd had a 'miracle escape'.?
Mr Brooke became separated from his hunting group when he an approached an elk he had shot in the mountains of Wyoming.
Suddenly a 420lbs female bear attacked him from behind, ripping off half his face and knocking him unconscious.
He woke to feel her sniffing at his cheek and could even feel her whiskers.
It took seven hours for Brooke to be found before he was rushed to hospital and put in a medically induced coma for one month
Brooke became emotional on This Morning as he admitted he was lucky to be alive
Blinded by blood soaking his eyes, Lee managed to grab a steak knife from his pocket and stab the bear in the head, just inches from her deadly jaws.
She retreated which gave Lee the chance to escape.
Badly mutilated and bleeding heavily, he screamed into the woods for help.
He said that he did not know if he would survive the attack, but was determined to live to see his wife Martha again.
He said it was an 'amazing' process to reconstruct his face as he recounted his story
Brooke said what got him through the ordeal was his determination to see his wife Martha again
He had been separated from his hunting party, but hearing his cries, his brother-in-law George Neal found him.
He also retrieved his severed nose and upper lip before helping him down the mountain where they could find phone reception and called for help.
He was rushed to hospital where he was put in a medically induced coma for one month at the Swedish Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado.
Hours of surgery kept him alive and preserved part of his nose.?
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