A man who lost his ear in a violent attack had doctors stitch it to the inside of his stomach with the hope that one day they may be able to reattach it.

Paul Gibbs, a student from England, was attacked by a group of men while he was camping with friends last year, the Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

Gibbs also suffered severe brain damage and was in a coma.

At the time, surgeons were unable to reattach his ear to his head because it wasn’t found until 17 hours after the attack. So, doctors stitched the ear to the inside of his stomach to help regrow some of the tissue.

"It's just a question of waiting for the operation,” Gibbs told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "It is going to hurt, but I want it done. I'm strong-minded and feel like I am making good progress."

Doctors plan reconstruct the ear using some of the cartilage from the 26-year-old’s rib cage.

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