A SOLIHULL man whose ear was bitten off in a vicious attack three years ago, appears on a new TV programme about pioneering prosthetics.
Thomas Tracey was attacked by a crazed stranger while attending a bonfire event with his two children, in November 2009.
Despite a police investigation into the brutal assault, the culprit has never been traced.
"This lunatic came out of nowhere," said double glazing salesman Thomas. "He must have been on drugs, and started on me. He bit my whole ear clean off. I didn't feel any of the pain. I was more concerned about my children and keeping them away from this crazy man."
After his horrific ordeal, his ear was too badly damaged to be sewn back on, and the 47-year-old was taken to have a replacement fitted at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham.
He was amazed at how life-like the prosthetic was and his story is featured on Making Faces, a four-part series by Channel 5.
Shot over five months, it shows how state-of-the-art medical science is used to rebuild faces destroyed by disease, injury or birth defects.
"When you're treated at a hospital where soldiers are flown in without limbs and realise youre lucky that youre just missing a lobe it puts things into perspective," added the father-of-two.
And he said that getting used to the fake ear had its comic moments: "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 girlfriends handbag."
* Making Faces in on Tuesday nights at 9pm.