Last week we covered the story of a 6-year-old boy who lost both of his ears after his crazed aunt cut them off and threw them away in a “heated family dispute.” The aunt is, thankfully, still in police custody, and the boy will soon be sporting two aural appendages once again.
The boy’s right ear was reattached the same day it was cut off, as doctors in Xiangyang City, Wuhan, were able to act quickly and skillfully to save the tissue. His left ear was not as lucky, but after being transferred to the Wuhan General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Area Command—which, let’s be real, sounds like they take their jobs pretty seriously—he will receive an artificial ear on his left side.
Because our external ears don’t actually perform hearing functions, and most of the body’s real hearing bits are in the middle and inner ear (safe from the reach of a crazed aunt) the 6-year-old should not have any significant reduction in his hearing. The hospital will perform the 35,000 yuan artificial ear surgery free of charge.
Zhang Qihui, the aunt, used a fruit knife to remove the boy’s ears, and lacerated his chin in the process. She is presently detained, and will likely be that way for a long time.