Woman grows herself a new ear on her arm

Autologous cartilage in the shape of an ear growing in a patient's forearm is shown as part of cutting-edge total ear reconstruction

Afterward, when she woke up in the hospital, she wasn't whole.

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

Now, plastic surgeons are growing her a new ear in an innovate surgery. Described as the first time such a process has been carried out by the US Army, it involved cultivating a completely new ear from cartilage taken from the soldier's ribs.

No prosthetics were needed.

A team of doctors at William Beaumont Army Medical Center performed the procedure. After the accident, her ear canal had closed up, but doctors were able to open them back up, reported the U.S. Army.

For Pvt. Shamika Burrage, losing an ear due to a single-vehicle accident was emotionally devastating.

The treatment is just one of one of the most challenging ear buildings in the United States, inning accordance with an ABC Report, as well as enables the development of new members vessels in the cartilage material.

" The entire objective is by the time she's made with all this, it looks great, it's sensate, and also in 5 years if someone does not recognize her they will not discover", Lt. Col. Owen Johnson 3rd, the principal of plastic as well as plastic surgery at the clinical facility was priced estimate as stating in the declaration.

"As a young active-duty soldier, they deserve the best reconstruction they can get". Evidently, the front tire of the vehicle she was driving blew up, sending the auto to skid for 700 feet and flip several times.

Pvt. Shamika Burrage, who hails from MS, is a supply clerk with 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. Although her cousin managed to escape with minor wounds, Burrage suffered head injuries as well as compression fractures in the spine. "After that I bear in mind individuals approaching us, asking if we were fine then I passed out". "I just remember the first flip and that was it".

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.

"I was going to go with the prosthetic, to avoid more scarring but I wanted a real ear", Burrage said.

The surgery is hailed as "the first of its kind". Nearly two years after her accident, plastic surgeons at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center have given the now 21-year-old a new ear that was grown from her own cartilage and tissue.

Doctors later told her that if she hadn't received medical attention after 30 more minutes, she would have bled to death.

For Burrage, she may have both her ears, but her recovery is not yet complete.

With two more surgeries left, Burrage said she's feeling more optimistic and excited.

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