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A person who misplaced his nostril when his canine ripped it off whereas attempting to save lots of him from a seizure has undergone ten reconstructive surgical procedures – utilizing bones from his ribs.

Ben Horne, 34, has suffered with epilepsy since he was 15 however after present process a change of medicine he began having night time seizures. During one episode, his canine Henry grew to become spooked and mauled Ben’s face, ripping off his nostril, and components of his mouth and chin.

Ben got here to and managed to name for an ambulance however struggled to come back to phrases together with his new look. Over the final 5 years he has had round ten surgical procedures to reconstruct his face, utilizing bones from his ribs and pores and skin from his forearm and brow.

Now he’s lastly beginning to settle for himself and hopes by sharing his story and he may help others going via one thing comparable.

Ben, of Yeovil, Somerset stated: “During one of my night seizures my dog got scared. In the process he did a lot of damage to my face.

“My entire home was plastered in blood. I known as 999. I could not actually speak however I managed to convey I wanted an ambulance.

“When I came round a nurse said ‘I’m going to hand you a mirror and it’s going to be a big shock. I couldn’t quite believe the amount of damage. It was heart-breaking. I’m really trying to accept myself.

“It’s studying to like your self and the way in which that you’re relatively than reflecting on the way you was.”

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 to piece what they could back together.

Ben, an aerospace engineer, said: “I bear in mind trying within the mirror and I simply wished that I hadn’t managed to name an ambulance. I did not see how I may dwell with what occurred.”

Ben decided to go down the route of reconstruction and had an initial reconstruction in May 2021, at Southmead hospital, Bristol – having waited longer due to the delays of the pandemic.

This involved creating more of a septum for his nose but this collapsed after he had to wait until October 2021 for the next surgery. They took skin from his left forearm to create the inner part of his nose.

Ben said: “Both my forearms are tattooed so I needed to decide over which I most well-liked. At least I can say I’ve a tattooed inside in my nostril.”

They also took bones from his ribs in the same surgery and an artery from his forearm to connect this into his neck. He had another surgery in September 2022 to take part of the skin from his forehead and fold it down over the top of the tattooed skin.

He explained: “Having the brow flap – it was enormous on my face. They have to depart the pores and skin linked so you may have an enormous lump hanging over your eyes.”

His surgeon decided to go private mid-way through his surgeries but Exeter plastics team were able to step in. They completed a surgery in March 2023 where they took more bone from his hip and the cartilage in his rib to bolt it onto his forehead – after the previous donor bone got infected.

In May 2023 Ben had the forehead skin disconnected and the team have since been completing operation to work on the structure of his nose. He still needs plastic tubes to help him breathe so the next step is to find a way to remove those without his nose closing up.

The 34-year-old is now finally starting to accept his new appearance but has struggled with stares.

He said: “It’s very troublesome if you see individuals observing you for too lengthy.They have a look at you want an object. It was plenty of embarrassment.

“I liken it to a dream where you are naked in public. You want to hide but you can’t.You can’t change things and what has happened.”

Ben is fundraising to assist Exeter Plastic Surgery and Epilepsy Action. He might be participating in two Tough Mudder’s and two 50k races. You can assist him by clicking right here.