ANC Welcomes World's First Ever Middle Ear Transplant

L Dunjwa

Speaker, Prof mashudu Tshifularo, the head of the department of ENT(Ortorhinolaryngology or Ear, Nose and Throat), at University of Pretoria medical school and Steve Biko Academic hospital, recently performed successfully the world's first ever middle ear transplant. It allowed the 35 year old man to hear again after his middle ear was completely damaged in a car accident.  This is the world's first.

Prof. Tshifularo has been working on it for the past 10years. He used titanium to design and recreate the middle ear bones called ossicles. They are the 3 smallest bones in the human body. Those who remember biology these are:

* Malleus
* Incus
* Stapes

Or in English

* Hammer
* Anvil
* Stirrup

He transplanted them together with the tiniest muscles and tendons to achieve this feat. The African National Congress congratulates Professor Mashudu Tshifularo on this major breakthrough.

Thank you