Army doctors 'grew' new ear for soldier in her forearm

A soldier lost her ear in a car crash — so doctors grew a new one inside her arm

A soldier lost her ear in a car crash — so doctors grew a new one inside her arm

After the crash, Burrage stated she really did not really feel comfy with just how she looked and also existed with cosmetic surgery as a choice.

Burrage had been driving with her pregnant cousin from MS to Fort Bliss, Tex., when the crash happened.

US Army private Shamika Burrage lost her ear in a major auto crash a couple years ago, but some incredible work by Army plastic surgeons means the 21-year-old will get her left ear back.

" As a young active-duty Soldier, they should have the most effective restoration they could obtain", he claimed. Shamika Burrage practically passed away when she was expelled from her automobile throughout an accident in Texas. Evidently, the front tire of the vehicle she was driving blew up, sending the auto to skid for 700 feet and flip several times. Plastic surgeons then placed the cartilage beneath the epidermal layer of the soldier's forearm and allowed to grow, before attaching it back to her head.

"The whole goal is by the time she's done with all this, it looks good, it's sensate, and in five years if somebody doesn't know her they won't notice", Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III, the chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the medical center, was quoted as saying in the statement. It includes carving a new ear out of cartilage harvested from Burrage's ribs and then growing it under the skin in her arm. The vehicle skidded 700 feet before flipping several times and ejecting Burrage.

" I got on the ground, I simply searched for as well as (her relative) was right there", she claimed in the declaration. The US army reported the success of the operation in a public statement on Monday, adding that Burrage is now en-route to recovery.


"I didn't want to do (the reconstruction) but gave it some thought and came to the conclusion that it could be a good thing".

"(The ear) will have fresh arteries, fresh veins and even a fresh nerve so she'll be able to feel it", Johnson said on the U.S. Army's website. "I was just scared at first but wanted to see what (the doctor) could do". Fortunately, "I didn't lose any hearing and (Johnson) opened the [ear] canal back up", Burrage says in the statement.

Pte Burrage, 21, told The Independent she was going to with a prosthetic one, but to avoid more scarring following the accident she opted for a real ear.

She hopes to be able to get her ears pierced some day and use headphones.

There are two more surgeries left to complete, though the team - and their patient - are reportedly confident that everything is going to plan. "Then I remember people walking up to us, asking if we were OK and then I blacked out", Burrage said in a statement.

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