You might enjoy this extract from a news report by Adam Loria, spokesman for the Emergency Medical Service Canada, about a man who had been attacked and lost part of his ear:
He was missing a body part to the side of his head due to the assault. Luckily he was (in) stable and non-life-threatening (condition).
Missing a body part to the side of his head? Remember, never use nine words when one or two would do!
Source: Plain English Campaign ‘Golden Bull’ award winner 2010