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Texas doctor grows new ear on soldiers forearm

Texas doctor grows new ear on soldiers forearm

Army surgeons have successfully transplanted a new ear on a soldier who lost her left ear in a auto accident. Epidermis from the forearm, meanwhile, has been left attached to the ear.

"I was on the ground, I just looked up and [her cousin] was right there", she said in the statement. She contemplated plastic surgery, even prosthetics, before being presented with the complicated but reconstructive option.

Burrage underwent rehabilitation and counseling, but she was still uncomfortable with the way she looked.

Pvt. Shamika Burrage, who hails from MS, is a supply clerk with 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

Surgeons, meanwhile, believe that in five years people will not even notice that it is not her original ear.

Burrage suffered head injuries, compression fractures in the spine and the lost her left ear.

In 2016 Shamika Burrage was returning to Fort Bliss, Texas, after visiting family in MS when her tire blew out.

The cutting-edge surgery won't only improve the appearance of Burrage's ear, it will also allow her to hear because Johnson was able to open the ear canal back up. While she was originally frightened regarding completing the restoration, she claimed she meant to see just what physicians might do.

" As a young active-duty Soldier, they should have the most effective restoration they could obtain", he claimed.

The surgery is hailed as "the first of its kind". The procedure, a first of its kind in the Army, involved harvesting cartilage from the soldier's ribs to carve out a replacement, which was then placed under the skin of the forearm to allow the ear to grow.

" 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.

The doctors at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, successfully performed the army's first ear reconstruction and transplant, a statement from the armed service branch released on Monday said.

Burrage lost her ear when, on her way back from leave, the front tire of her vehicle blew out, causing the auto to flip several times, according to a press release from the US Army.

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

As for Burrage, she has two more surgeries left and says she is feeling optimistic about her future.

"I was coming back from leave and we were around Odessa, Texas", Burrage said in the post.

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