A soldier lost her ear in a car accident. So the doctors grew her a new one in her forearm.

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A soldier Shemika Burrage survived a near-fatal car accident and lost her ear. Surgeons grew an ear in her arm.

Shemika Burrage got into an accident two years ago and lost her left ear. A novel procedure performed at an army medical center in Texas and she is getting her ear back. Plastic surgeons got a cartilage from Burrage’s ribs to create a new ear and then grew it under the skin of her forearm.

Big advantages of it is, it reduced the chance of more scarring around Burrage’s ear. Growing the ear under the skin of her forearm allows new blood vessels to form. Burrage still has to endure two more surgeries, but is feeling optimistic about the future.

Burrage was in Texas 2016, driving back to fort bliss and her tire blew out. Her car slid about 700ftand then flipped several times before Burrage was ejected. Her  cousin only suffered minor injuries, Burrage had head injuries, spine, road rash and lost her left ear. She has resigned herself to living a life with a prosthetic ear, but didn’t like it so she agreed to surgery.

Johnson and the other surgeons at the medical center proposed growing an ear in her forearm and then transplanting it, which shocked her.

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A soldier lost her ear in a car accident. So the doctors grew her a new one in her forearm.