Woman loses ear but grows new one

Cutting-edge reconstruction performed on a 21-year-old car accident victim

Plastic surgeons in the US Army have successfully transplanted a new ear on a 21 year-old soldier who lost her left ear in a car accident.

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Autologous cartilage in the shape of an ear growing in a patient's forearm. Photo Credit: U.S. Army.

The total ear reconstruction involved harvesting cartilage from the soldier's ribs, which was used to carve a new ear and then placed under the skin of the forearm