Doctors Grow Ear on Woman's Forearm

Surgeons grow soldier's new ear in her FOREARM

Surgeons grow soldier's new ear in her FOREARM

A U.S. Army soldier who lost her ear in a near-fatal vehicle accident now has a new one that she grew herself.

She grew it herself, with the help of doctors at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX.

Shamika Burrage survived a near-fatal auto accident two years ago, but not without losing something pretty important: her left ear.

The rare and revolutionary procedure was done by using cartilage from the soldier's rib cage, which was inserted beneath the skin on her arm in order to develop new blood vessels.

In 2016, Burrage was driving with her cousin from MS to Texas when a tire blew.

Doctors have transplanted a new ear on to a soldier after growing it in her arm.

After several months of rehabilitation, Burrage informed formed doctors that she was uncomfortable about how her injuries affected her appearance, so she was referred to plastic surgeons at WBAMC, who offered her the option of total ear reconstruction.

This accident was nearly fatal for Burrage; doctors said if the paramedics would have come thirty minutes later than they did, she would not have made it. "I was just scared at first".

"As a young active-duty Soldier, they deserve the best reconstruction they can get", he said. "Then I remember people walking up to us, asking if we were OK and then I blacked out", Burrage said. While it was the first time that an Army surgeon has attempted this kind of ear reconstruction, similar procedures have been performed before.

Burrage, now 21, has two surgeries left.

In this representational photo, an "ear" is seen growing on the arm of a patient who lost his right hearing organ in an accident, at the first affiliated hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University, in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, Nov. 9, 2016.

After a few surgeries, the ear has now been transferred to her head. The transplant was recently successful and now Burrage has just two surgeries left.

The ear has since been attached after Johnson reopened Burrage's ear canal, which had closed up due to the accident. Shamika Burrage, a supply clerk with 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

"It's been a long process for everything", she said, "but I'm back".

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