No prosthetics were needed.
The total ear reconstruction involved carving a new ear out of cartilage taken from under the soldier's ribs and placing it under the skin on her forearm to allow it to grow, according to the U.S. Army. The report states that in addition to losing her ear, she suffered head injuries, compression fractures in the spine and extensive abrasions from the asphalt.
"As a young active-duty Soldier, they deserve the best reconstruction they can get", Johnson said. Shamika Burrage, an Army supply clerk, was returning to her post in Texas after visiting family in MS, according to an Army statement. Her auto slid some 700 feet, then flipped over a few times before Burrage was thrown out of the vehicle.
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. I remember looking at my cousin who was in the passenger seat.
'Then I remember people walking up to us, asking if we were okay and then I blacked out, ' she said.
'I didn't feel comfortable with the way I looked so the provider referred me to plastic surgery, ' Burrage said.
"I was on the ground, I just looked up and (her cousin) was right there", said Pvt. While many civilians around the world have successfully undergone the procedure, Burrage is the first American soldier to receive the novel reconstruction process, according to a statement from the U.S. Army. But since she was treated in time, Shamika is now recovering - and that includes growing her very own ear from inside her forearm.
In the 1990s, an alarming, but real, photo of a mouse with what appeared to be a human ear attached to its back was widely circulated. It's a human ear grown on an arm!
Burrage was alive but deeply shaken by the accident.
Burrage lost her left ear during a single-car crash in Odessa, Texas, in 2016.
After a few surgeries, the ear has now been transferred to her head. She had lost her ear and a lot of blood. In Burrage's case, extra skin from her forearm was also used to cover scar tissue around her jawline.
Burrage still has two surgeries to go, but she said she's feeling optimistic.