Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Army Surgeons Grow New Ear in Soldier's Forearm

Army Surgeons Grow New Ear in Soldier's Forearm

The ear was later attached to Burrage's head by surgeons at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso.

Along with a little help from Doctors at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Shamika Burrage was thrown out of her auto in a vehicle crash and when she woke up in the hospital her entire left ear was gone.

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 auto accident, according to a report Monday.

Burrage was in Odessa, Texas, in 2016, driving back to Fort Bliss after a visit with her family in MS when a tire blew out.

But the then-19-year-old soldier injured her head and spine, got road rash and lost all use of her left ear, according to the report.

She was later told by doctors that if she hadn't gotten medical attention within 30 minutes she would have bled to death. Her auto slid some 700 feet, then flipped over a few times before Burrage was thrown out of the vehicle.

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 just remember the first flip and that was it", Pvt.

'[The ear] will have fresh arteries fresh veins and even a fresh nerve so she'll be able to feel it, ' said Dr Johnson.

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

The process of growing an ear in the forearm was pioneered at Johns Hopkins University and first carried out in 2012.

Burrage woke up in the hospital with her eat missing.

Burrage said that she had resigned herself to living with a prosthetic ear, but did not like how it looked.

Burrage was involved in an accident two years ago when her tire blew and her auto veered off the road.

The procedure, which is frequently done to address ear defects from trauma, cancer or a birth defect, has been performed thousands of times around the world.

And Johnson said it just made sense to try it, since Burrage is so young and shouldn't have to deal with an artificial ear for the rest of her life.

"It's been a long process for everything, but I'm back", Burrage said. Shamika Burrage had been waiting for the surgery for over a year. In 2017, a team of Chinese plastic surgeons led by Dr. Guo Shuzhong completed a similar surgery on a man who lost his ear during a traffic accident.

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