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6 on Health: Woman grows a new ear under her skin to replace one she lost

6 on Health: Woman grows a new ear under her skin to replace one she lost

A U.S. Army soldier who lost an ear in a near-fatal car accident has a new one that she grew herself with help from doctors at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso.

Doctors harvested cartilage from the woman's rib and used a medical technique called pre-laminated forearm free flap to grow a new ear under the skin of the patient's arm.

Doctors still have to perform two more surgeries, but they now have successfully transplanted the ear from her arm to her head to replace the ear that she lost.

Watch our 6 on Health Report sponsored by Beaumont Emergency Center.


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