Doctors give soldier new ear after growing it in her arm

Surgeons grow soldier's new ear in her FOREARM

A Soldier Is Getting A New Ear… Once It Finishes Growing In Her Arm

"She was 19 and healthy and had her whole life ahead of her", Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III, the chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at William Beaumont Medical Center in El Paso, Texas where the surgery was performed said in a May 7 statement.

Private Shamika Burrage, 21, from MS, lost her ear in 2016 when a tire blew out in a auto she was traveling in, causing the vehicle to veer off the road and flip several times.

"I was coming back from leave and we were around Odessa, Texas", Burrage said about the accident.

"As a young active-duty Soldier, they deserve the best reconstruction they can get", he said. That was when doctors brought up the idea of a total ear reconstruction.

The first time an operation of this kind was attempted was in 2012, when a woman who had lost her ear to cancer regrew another under the skin of her forearm.

Burrage's auto had skidded several times before flipping, ejecting her from the vehicle.

Burrage, a 21-year-old private, still has to endure two more surgeries, but she's feeling more optimistic about the future than ever in the years since her accident. "I just remember the first flip and that was it".

After Pvt. Shamika Burrage, a supply clerk with 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, was in a auto wreck two years ago, she suffered road rash, a head injury, compression fractures in her spine, and lost her ear. "Then I remember people walking up to us, asking if we were okay and then I blacked out", Burrage said on the U.S.

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"I didn't feel comfortable with the way I looked so the provider referred me to plastic surgery", Pvt. This will enable her to having feeling in her ear once the rehabilitation process is complete.

"I didn't want to do (the reconstruction) but gave it some thought and came to the conclusion that it could be a good thing", she said.

Doctors at the hospital told her she was 30 minutes away from dying as a result of losing too much blood.

Her body tumbled and slid on the pavement, leaving her with road rash, and completely destroying her left ear.

He reopened Burrage's ear canal, which had closed up due to the trauma, and she has not lost any hearing ability.

Johnson said he and his team are hopeful that Burrage's new ear will end up looking and acting like the original one, Fox News reported.

The ear will be attached to the left side of her face after it has finished growing and Burrage will be able to feel the appendage too. So she sought out other options through plastic surgery.

'I was just scared at first but wanted to see what [the surgeon] could do'.

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