This is the “First of its kind” for the Army; the reconstruction of an ear and “Grown” on the soldier right forearm under the skin.
The ear was attached to Army Pvt. Shamika Burrage’s head by surgeons at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso.
Cartilage from Burrage’s ribs was reconstructed to be a new ear.
This ear procedure is complicated and allows for new blood vessels to form in the cartilage. The newly formed nerves enable Burrage to have feeling in her new ear.
The soldier lost her ear two years ago after her car’s front tire blew out causing it to skid hundreds of feet and flipping over several times.
Growing a new ear isn’t new to science. ABC News reported a woman in 2012 got a new grown ear that she had lost from cancer.
Some years later, Chinese doctors attempted to grow an ear for a man who lost it from a car accident.