Physicians in an Army medical facility in Texas were able to give a brand new ear to a soldier who had "grown" in their arms after losing their own lives after a car accident. 19659004] Surgeons of the William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC) were able to find the new ear for Pvt. Shamika Burrage, 21, with cartilage from her rib cage that was inserted under the skin on her arm to develop new blood vessels in a process called neovascularization, according to a US Army article detailing the entire ear's reconstruction. 19659005] "(The ear) has fresh arteries, fresh veins, and even a fresh nerve to feel it," said Lieutenant Colonel Owen Johnson III, head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at WBAMC.
Burrage said in the report that she "has lost no hearing and (Johnson) has reopened the channel," which closed after the car crash.
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The operation was reportedly a first for the military sector and Johnson said the team was confident that by the time the whole process was done it would an ear will look and work Burrage was born with. She is reported to undergo two more operations.
"As a young active soldier, they deserve the best reconstruction they can get," Johnson said.
The crash that hit Burrage's ear happened in 2016 when she returned from vacation and headed for Fort Bliss, Texas, the report said. A blown-out tire reportedly caused the car to come off the road and drop several times before being thrown out of the vehicle. Her pregnant cousin was also in the car, but was reportedly not significantly injured.
But the then 19-year-old soldier injured his head and spine, got rash and lost any use of her left ear the report
CALIFORNIA MAN OFFERS TRUCK, NIER TO SOMEONE, WHO COULD HELP TO GET WIFE  "I was on the ground, I just looked up and (her cousin) was right there," Burrage said, "Then I remember people walking up to us and asking if we were okay and then I fainted . " The next thing she remembered was that she regained consciousness in the hospital.
After the accident, Burrage began to go to a counselor, the report said.
"I did not feel well in the way that I looked forward to plastic surgery," Burrage said.
While the soldier was initially not keen on the operation, she changed her mind, it said in the report
"I did not want (the reconstruction). But I thought about it and came to the conclusion that it was a good one Burrage said, "I wanted to go with the prosthesis to avoid more scars, but I wanted a real ear – I was just scared at first but wanted to see what he could do."
But since her Operation told Burrage that she was looking forward to what was to come.
"It was a long process for everything, but I'm back," said Burrage