The ear has been created from a cartilage which was harvested from her ribs

- A soldier from MS who lost her left ear in a auto accident in 2016 now has a new one after a successful transplant operation, reports the U.S. Army.

A United States Army Private became the first in U.S. Army history to undergo a total ear reconstruction. Now, she is the latest recipient of a cosmetic reconstruction procedure called prelaminated forearm free flap surgery - a sci-fi-sounding operation that involves "growing" new tissue by implanting a patient's cartilage under their forearm skin. She suffered serious injuries, including wounds to the head, spinal fractures, road rash and the loss of her left ear.

At first, Burrage was hesitant about undergoing reconstructive surgery, but after careful thought she made a decision to move forward with it.


Now, a novel procedure at the Army medical center in Texas has given Burrage back her ear by growing another one on her arm.

In 2016, Private Shamika Burrage was injured in a auto accident when a tire blew and her vehicle veered off the road and flipped multiple times. "I was just scared at first but wanted to see what [the surgeon] could do".

"I was coming back from leave and ... my front tire blew, which sent the auto off road and I hit the brake". Army surgeons told her they could potentially make her a new one. Through two additional surgeries, the ear will be reattached, and Burrage will have full hearing and sense of feeling in the organ, according to the statement.


When explained her options for reconstruction, Burrage was shocked and initially resistant to go through with the total ear reconstruction.

Burrage lost her left ear during a single-car crash in Odessa, Texas, in 2016. Burrage. "Then I remember people walking up to us, asking if we were okay and then I blacked out", Burrage said he next memory was waking up in a hospital. In addition, Burrage will even be able to hear out of it, because surgeons were able to reopen her ear canal following the trauma of her accident.

"As a young active-duty Soldier, they deserve the best reconstruction they can get", he said.


"It's been a long process for everything, but I'm back", she said. Surgeons at Johns Hopkins performed something similar back in 2012, according to CBS, replacing a woman's ear under the skin of her forearm. She had lost her ear and a lot of blood.

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