Surgeon describes rib operation

Ear, nose and throat surgeon Steven Powell has described how he used part of a seven year old boy's rib to widen his windpipe and allow him to breathe more easily. The operation on Ethan Wiseman from North Shields has allowed the boy to lead a normal life.


Rare rib operation helps Ethan breathe

A young boy from North Shields has rare surgery at The Great North Children's Hospital to help him breathe... taking cartilage from his rib.