Father who had his ear bitten off in random attack is fitted with ultra-realistic prosthetic
Father-of-two had his ear bitten off by a stranger at a fireworks eventMr Tracey was shocked at how realistic his new prosthetic wasHe said he thought it was hilarious when his ear went flying at a nightclub

Thomas Tracey, who lost his entire left ear

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Thomas Tracey, who lost his entire left ear

Spot the difference: Mr Tracey said he was shocked by how realistic his new prosthetic ear was

The double glazing salesman was fitted with a replacement crafted at the Maxillofacial Prosthetic Department in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston.

Mr Tracey said: ‘I was shocked at how realistic the ear was. Once it’s on you can’t really tell the difference.’

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Thomas said at the time of the attack he was more worried for his children than thinking about what had happened to him.

‘I didn’t feel any of the pain,’ he explained.

‘I was more concerned about my children and keeping them away from this crazy man.’

The culprit has never been caught but the father of two has moved on.

‘When
you’re treated at a hospital where soldiers are flown in without limbs
you realise you’re lucky that you’re just missing a lobe,’ he said.

‘It puts things into perspective.’

Detachable: Mr Tracey said his prosthetic ear once flew off in a night club

Detachable: Mr Tracey said his prosthetic ear once flew off in a night club

Mr Tracey's new ear was created at the Maxillofacial Prosthetic Department in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston

Mr Tracey’s new ear was created at the Maxillofacial Prosthetic Department in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston

He added that having a false ear did have its comic moments.

‘I usually wear my fake ear when I’m going out,” he said.

‘But the first time I wore it to go to a club, someone accidentally knocked it off – and it went flying into the middle of the dancefloor!

‘I thought it was hilarious and picked it up and put it in my girlfriend’s handbag.’

A hospital spokeswoman said of the prosthetics department: ‘The unit’s surgeons are seen performing some amazing work. It is the only such unit working with military patients and the only one to receive emergency trauma cases from all over Britain.’

Mr Tracey features in the second of four episodes in a series called Making Faces, which starts on Channel 5 tonight at 9pm