Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Check this out: An ear grown on a human arm!

Check this out: An ear grown on a human arm!

Why should she have to deal with having an artificial ear for the rest of her life?' he said. Instead, plastic surgeons used the soldier's own cartilage.

She was presented with a daring plan from Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Texas' William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Surgeons removed cartilage from her rib and carved a new ear.

"The procedure is one of the most complicated ear constructions in the United States and allows for the formation of new blood vessels in the cartilage", according to ABC News.

Johnson added that the year-long process will also give Burrage fresh arteries, nerves and veins, which will allow the young soldier to feel her new ear as if she never lost it.

In 2016, Burrage and her cousin were driving back to her post in Texas from a visit to family in MS when one of the car's tires blew out.

Burrage still has two surgeries to go, but she said she's feeling optimistic. While her cousin managed to escape with only minor wounds, Burrage suffered head injuries as well as compression fractures in the spine.

"I was on the ground, I just looked up and (her cousin) was right there", Burrage said. "I didn't feel comfortable with the way I looked so the provider referred me to plastic surgery", Burrage said in the statement.

She was later told by doctors that if she would not have received medical attention for 30 more minutes, she would have bled to death.

Burrage had resigned herself to living a life with a prosthetic ear, but she didn't like the way it looked. While she was initially scared about going through with the reconstruction, she said she wanted to see what doctors could do. The goal, according to Johnson, is that in five years, nobody will notice that Burrage has a new ear that was grown in her arm.

The procedure was a first for the Army, but it harkens back to the notorious Vacanti Mouse, a rodent onto which scientists implanted the shape of a human ear back in the 1990s.

An ear was grown in a soldier's arm and eventually successfully transplanted.

Burrage was alive but deeply shaken by the accident.

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins performed a similar surgery in 2012 after a woman lost part of her ear to an aggressive form of cancer.

Physicians at an Army medical facility in Texas were able to surgically give a soldier a brand new ear that was "grown" in her arm after she lost the use of her own following a vehicle accident, according to a report Monday.

In addition to the transplant, epidermis from the forearm, while attached to the ear, will cover up scar tissue in the area immediately around Burrage's left jawline.

Shamika Burrage, a 21-year-old private in the US Army, was in Odessa, Texas and driving back to Fort Bliss after visiting with her family when one of her tires blew out.

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