Student loses part of her ear when £10 piercing becomes so badly infected her cartilage disintegrated

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Bianca Hart, 18, from Chelmsford, Essex, had a stud put in the top of her right ear shortly before leaving to start university in Nottingham, but it soon became excruciatingly painful. After a fortnight of pain, she said her ear, left, was oozing pus and she was vomiting constantly, so she went to A&E where surgeons said they had to operate. When they cut into her ear they found the infection had eaten away at her cartilage, and said she was lucky not to lose the whole ear