A groundbreaking total ear reconstruction, which saw a new ear grown on a soldier's arm to replace one lost in an accident, has been successfully carried out by the USA military.
" As a young active-duty Soldier, they should have the most effective restoration they could obtain", he claimed.
Pvt. Shamika Burrage lost her left ear in an auto accident a couple of years ago.
In 2016, Burrage was driving from MS to Fort Bliss, Texas, when her front tire blew out.
Lt Col Owen Johnson III, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at William Beaumont Army Medical Centre in El Paso, Texas told Live Science the goal is - by the time she's done with all this - that it looks good, it works, and that in five years if somebody doesn't know her, they won't notice. Then, they inserted the cartilage into Burrage's forearm and left it to stretch out and grow its own skin until it could be removed and attached to her head.
Dr. Johnson says, "I elevated a pocket of skin, preserving all of the things that were important, and placed the rib cartilage into the skin to let it heal".
The vehicle flipped several times and threw Burrage.
The surgeon elected for a prelaminated forearm free flap, which "involved placing the autologous cartilage into the patient's forearm to allow for neovascularization", according to the blog post.
She hopes to be able to get her ears pierced some day and use headphones.
"I was on the ground, I just looked up and (my cousin) was right there".
Private First Class Shamika Burrage is getting out of the army and is getting ready to start nursing school.
"(The ear) will have fresh arteries, fresh veins and even a fresh nerve so she'll be able to feel it", Johnson said on the U.S. Army's website.
Now that the ear has been transplanted, Burrage will undergo further surgery to cover scar tissue on her head, according to the statement.
"I didn't lose any hearing and (the doctor) opened the canal back up", Burrage said.
For Burrage, she may have both her ears, but her recovery is not yet complete.
With just 2 even more surgical treatments left, Burrage claimed she's really feeling a lot more positive as well as fired up. "Then I remember people walking up to us, asking if we were OK and then I blacked out", Burrage said in a statement.