Doctors at John Hopkins have successfully attached a new ear to a patient that was grown on her forearm.
In 2008, Sherrie Walters was diagnosed with basal cell cancer, and had to have part of her skull removed, including her ear. But now, thanks to a new procedure by Dr. Patrick Byrne, she has regained her hearing ability.
How did they do it you ask?
The Doctors managed to insert rib cartilage in Sherrie Walters forearm and left for months to grow. Once the ear had formed, they cut the ear out of her arm and attached it to her head.
As of right now, it appears to have been a success. Dr. Byrne, who had been waiting to find the perfect patient to try out his new procedure has this to say:
“In my opinion, how it’s just a matter of time as the swelling goes down and it heals, I believe she will have a normal looking ear.”
You can see images of the surgery below, but be warned: it’s gross.