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Soldier who lost her left ear in accident receives a new one, grown by doctors on her arm
Two years ago an Army soldier suffered a horrible car crash in which she almost lost her life, while the doctors were able to save her left, she lost something very important, her left ear.

Fast forward to two years, the soldier is now on the road to recovery after receiving a new ear which the doctors grew under the skin of her forearm.

Twenty-one-year-old soldier Pvt. Shamika Burrage received a new ear which the plastic surgeons created by harvesting cartilage from her ribs. The ear which grew under the skin of her forearm was then transplanted to her head.

The procedure was performed at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso and it has been reported that Burrage has gained her hearing ability as well.

The technique which has been performed for the first time in the Army is called prelaminated forearm free flap, informed Lt Col. Owen Johnson III, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

"The whole goal is by the time she's done with all this, it looks good, it's sensate, and in five years if somebody doesn't know her they won't notice," Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III said in a statement.

"The revolutionary surgery has been over a year in the making for Clarksdale, Mississippi native, Pvt. Shamika Burrage, a supply clerk with 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division," the Army said in a statement.

Doctors have ensured that he procedure is carried out in a way that allows for the formation of new blood vessels in the cartilage.

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