An army surgeon has succeeded in growing a human ear on a soldier's arm and then attaching it to the person's head.
Private US Army Shamika Burrage lost her ear a big car crash a few years ago, but some incredible work by Army Plastic Surgeons means the 21-year-old will get her left ear back. And they could accomplish this by attaching their new ear to their body and using cartilage from Burrage's ribs to create the shape of the ear and then implant it on their forearm.
The skin was grown around this improvised ear for a few months so that it could form new blood vessels and create a feeling in the air that made it feel so close to normal air when it actually transplanted to its head has been. It took a few operations, but everything went according to plan, the US Army said on their blog.
Burrage initially did not want to undergo surgery and opted for a prosthetic ear. However, she thought about it and decided it might be worth a try. Surgeons now believe that in five years people will not even realize it's not their original ear.
The operation took place at William Beaumont's military center in El Paso, Texas.
"The whole goal is over, the time she spent looks good, it's sensation, and in five years, if anyone does not know her, they will not notice," said Lieutenant Colonel Owen Johnson III, Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, WBAMC, said a post on the US Army blog. "As a young active soldier, they deserve the best reconstruction they can get."
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"I came back from vacation and we were in Odessa, Texas," Burrage said in the post. "We drove and my front tire blew, which drove the car off the road and I was braking, I remember my cousin sitting in the passenger seat, I looked back at the road when I hit the brakes, I just remember at the first blow and that was & # 39; s. "
The vehicle tipped several times and threw Burrage. Her cousin, who was eight months pregnant at the time, had only minor injuries, while Burrage suffered devastating head injuries as well as compression fractures on the spine and rash.
"I was on the ground, I just looked up and (her cousin) was right there, then I remember people walking up to us and asking if we were all right and then I fainted," said Burrage.
"I did not want (rebuilding), but thought about it and decided it could be a good thing I would go with the prosthesis to avoid more scars, but I wanted to have a real ear", added her. "At first I was just scared, but I wanted to see what he could do."
The surgeon opted for a prelaminated forearm-free patch that "should insert the autologous cartilage into the patient's forearm to enable neovascularization"
"(The ear) has fresh arteries, fresh veins, and even a fresh nerve so she can feel it, "said the surgeon.
"I have lost no hearing and (the surgeon) reopened the canal," said Burrage.