Army Surgeons Grow Ear in Soldier’s Arm

The woman’s own cartilage was used to construct the transplant after she lost her left ear in a car crash.

Catherine Offord
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May 11, 2018

U.S. ARMYA soldier who lost an ear in an accident has grown a replacement under the skin of her forearm, according to a statement released by the US Army earlier this week (May 7). Shamika Burrage’s own cartilage was used by plastic surgeons to reconstruct the ear, which has now been successfully transplanted to her head.

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