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Doctors Perform Ear Transplant On Solider After Growing The Ear In Her Forearm!

After losing her left ear in a 2016 car crash, Army Pvt. Shamika Burrage knew she wanted a “real” replacement ear and not some prosthetic knockoff.

So what did she do? Grow the ear herself… with a little help from Army doctors!

According to an Army statement, doctors were able to grow an ear under the soldier’s forearm and successfully transplant it onto her head. Science!

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To perform the total ear reconstruction procedure, which had never been done before in the Army, doctors first had to harvest cartilage from the soldier’s ribs and carve it into a new ear.

The ear was then placed under the skin of her forearm, where it was allowed to grow. Plastic surgeons at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas then successfully performed the transplant.

Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III, chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the medical center, said doctors hope that Burrage’s new ear won’t be visibly different than the other one within five years. He explained in a statement:

“The whole goal is by the time she’s done with all this, it looks good, it’s sensate, and in five years if somebody doesn’t know her they won’t notice. As a young active-duty Soldier, they deserve the best reconstruction they can get.”

But the 21-year-old’s new ear isn’t fully ready to go just yet — Johnson added that the new ear will eventually “have fresh arteries fresh veins and even a fresh nerve so she’ll be able to feel it.”

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The soldier lost her ear after the front tire of her car blew out in 2016 while she and a cousin were returning to Texas on the way back from visiting family in Mississippi. She recalled in a statement:

“We were driving and my front tire blew, which sent the car off road and I hit the brake. I remember looking at my cousin who was in the passenger seat, I looked back at the road as I hit the brakes. I just remember the first flip and that was it.”

Burrage’s vehicle skidded 700 feet and flipped over multiple times. The then-19-year-old was ejected from the car and suffered multiple injuries. Her cousin was not seriously injured.

Unhappy with her earless appearance, however, the soldier was encouraged to look into plastic surgery months into her rehabilitation process. Though she was hesitant to undergo a full reconstruction, Burrage knew she “wanted a real ear” and not a prosthetic one.

She still has two more surgeries to go before reconstruction is complete, but the future is definitely looking — and sounding — much brighter for the solider thanks to this cutting edge surgery!

[Image via U.S. Army.]

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A Second Baby Has Been Born Via Uterus Transplant in the U.S.

A second woman in the U.S. born without a uterus has given birth to a baby, thanks to a uterus transplant. The birth took place at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a part of Baylor Scott & White, which performed the first birth via uterus transplant late last year.

The baby, born in February, is a girl. The hospital is not revealing the identity of the mother, but says the pregnancy and birth were uncomplicated.

The birth is the second in the hospital’s ongoing uterus transplant clinical trial. The women in the trial have absolute uterine factor infertility (AUI), which means their uterus is nonfunctioning or nonexistent. Like the first woman to give birth as part of the trial, the woman who gave birth in February has a condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, which means she was born without a uterus and lived her life believing she would never be able to be pregnant or give birth.

The woman was transplanted with a uterus from a living donor. Such procedures, while still experimental, could provide another option for families dealing with AUI, including women who have had their uterus removed for medical reasons like cancer.

MORE: First U.S. Baby Born After a Uterus Transplant

“Emotionally this was the same level of intensity [as the first birth],” says Dr. Giuliano Testa, the leader of the uterus transplant clinical trial at Baylor, and surgical chief of abdominal transplant for Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute, adding that it was important the team was able to achieve the same success as the first birth.

Like the first birth in the trial, which TIME reported exclusively in December, the birth was a scheduled Caesarean section. The women in the clinical trial are transplanted with a uterus from either a living or deceased donor. Baylor’s uterus transplant program is one of a handful to launch in the United States in recent years, and it’s the first to use both living and deceased donors. The hospital plans to complete a total of 10 uterus transplants as part of the trial.

The first successful uterus transplants and births were performed in Sweden by a medical team at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg. That groundbreaking trial resulted in eight births. Baylor was the first hospital to replicate the success of the Swedish team.

“The first birth proved that birth after uterus transplantation for the first time in the world could be replicated outside of the center in Sweden,” says Dr. Liza Johannesson, an ob-gyn and uterus transplant surgeon who was part of the original uterus transplant team in Sweden and has since moved to Texas in order to work on the Baylor program. “This birth shows that our center has a solid uterus transplant program and that the first birth wasn’t a lucky on-time-event.”

Dr. Testa says the trial is not only showing that uterus transplants and births are possible, but that the team is learning how to make the procedure work best for the women.

“We are starting to confirm some scientific intuitions that if replicated in future cases will be essential in making the journey of uterus transplant easier and safer,” he says, adding that for example, immunosuppression (drugs women take to avoid rejection of the uterus) may be needed at lower doses than expected, which means less side effects for the women.

Most women in Baylor’s trial have moved to the Dallas area to partake in the study. Once they receive a uterus transplant, the women recover and wait to achieve menstruation which can usually take about four weeks from the transplant. If the transplant is successful, the women will then attempt in vitro fertilization (IVF). The women with MRKH have functioning ovaries that are not attached to their wombs, which is why they need IVF.

Uterus transplants are still experimental, and Baylor is currently covering the procedures. Like other infertility treatments, it’s unclear if insurance companies will cover the procedure. Some estimates put the procedure at $ 500,000. Baylor says they do not view uterus transplants as a replacement for other options like adoption or surrogacy, but as another future option for women and their partners.


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Transplant Surgeon Pleads Guilty To CARVING HIS INITIALS Into Patients’ Organs!

What in the health?

A top surgeon in the U.K. has pleaded guilty to two counts of assault after carving his initials into the livers of patients.

Simon Bramhall, a renowned transplant surgeon (that’s not him above, that’s Dr. Giggles), was suspended back in 2013 after a fellow doctor spotted “SB” on a patient’s liver. After an investigation, Dr. Bramhall eventually admitted to using an argon beam, a laser used to cauterize tiny bleeds, to burn the letters onto patients.

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The case is so strange, prosecutor Tony Badenoch called it “without legal precedent in criminal law.”

Whether Bramhall’s ability to practice will be removed based on the criminal conviction remains to be seen. A former patient named Tracy Scriven defended him to the Birmingham Mail in 2014, saying:

“Even if he did put his initials on a transplanted liver, is it really that bad? I wouldn’t have cared if he did it to me. The man saved my life.”

Crazy! How wold you feel if YOUR doctor branded you with a tiny little tattoo you couldn’t see??

[Image via Universal Pictures.]

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Selena Gomez Talks About Accepting Her Kidney Transplant Scar

Selena Gomez was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year for 2017, and the singer held nothing back during her interview with the music publication. The “Wolves” songstress, 25, opened up about her health and gave an update on how she’s doing after her kidney transplant.

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Selena Gomez on the cover of Billboard Magazine.

In September, Gomez revealed that she had to undergo the surgery over the summer due to complications with lupus, which she was diagnosed with more than five years ago. The procedure left a scar on her torso, and Gomez said it took some getting used to at first. “It was really hard in the beginning. I remember looking at myself in the mirror completely naked and thinking about all the things that I used to bitch about and just asking, ‘Why?’” Gomez revealed in the interview published on Thursday, November 30. “I had someone in my life for a very long time who pointed out all the things that I didn’t feel great about with myself.”

I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

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“When I look at my body now, I just see life. There are a million things I can do — lasers and creams and all that stuff – but I’m OK with it. And by the way, there’s nothing wrong with [plastic surgery],” she continued. “I just think for me, it could be my eyes, my round face, my ears, my legs, my scar. I don’t have perfect abs, but I feel like I’m wonderfully made.”

The Disney Channel alum said the surgery also helped her take more ownership of herself. “I just kept thinking about how much my body is my own. Ever since I was 7, my life always felt like I was giving it to someone else. I felt really alone even though I had a lot of great people around me. But the decisions I was making, were they ever for me?” she said. “[After the surgery] I had this sense of gratitude for myself. I don’t think I’ve ever just stopped and been like, ‘I’m actually grateful for who I am.’”

After revealing that she had the surgery to her fans following a brief hiatus, Gomez also began making major changes externally, including the removal of excess in her life. As previously reported, the actress ended her 10-month relationship with The Weeknd and reunited with her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber shortly after. “I’m really proud of where I am right now. I handle things in a healthy way. I can enjoy where I’m at. I love being able to say ‘no,’” she told the publication. “[But] I’m proudest of not becoming jaded. I have every reason to be like, ‘F–k all of you.’ And I don’t. I’m going to have the bad days where I don’t want to leave my bedroom — but I’m ready for them.”

Gomez added: “I don’t know how to explain the place that I’m in other than to say I just feel full.”

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Rap Legend J. Prince — Dwight Howard Needed ‘Heart Transplant’ … To Succeed In Houston (VIDEO)

One of the most powerful men in music claims Dwight Howard’s failure in Houston was cardiovascular … saying D12 would’ve needed a “heart transplant” to win a ring in H-Town. TMZ Sports got James Prince — you might remember him as the Houston rap…

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Kimbo Slice Reportedly Needed A Heart Transplant As New Details About His Death Emerge

This is so sad.

On Monday, Kimbo Slice passed away at 42 years old, after being admitted to Florida’s Northwest Medical Center a few days earlier.

When we first learned of the MMA fighter’s untimely death, not much was known about how he died or why he was hospitalized in the first place.

But now, a new report given to the Broward County Medical Examiner‘s office revealed that the famed fighter was admitted to the medical facility on Friday for a liver mass and congestive heart failure.

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Physicians even told the ailing athlete’s family that he needed a heart transplant.

The Bahamas native’s loved ones were reportedly gearing up to send him to a Cleveland clinic on Monday night for the procedure, but he sadly passed before he could be transported.

The report also explained that the late sports star had no history of drug use.

Our hearts go out to everyone affected during this tragic time.

[Image via WENN.]

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Kate Middleton to Prince William: Get a HAIR TRANSPLANT, Baldy!

The throne shalt not be occupied by any King Cue Ball!

‘Tis the battle cry of Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth, who are positively beside themselves with humiliation over Prince William’s ever-growing bald spot, according to Celeb Dirty Laundry.

The Duke of Cambridge endured a bit of ribbing about his hair loss from a former colleague during a visit to Anglesey earlier in the week.

“It was nice to see him again. He hasn’t changed much apart from he’s lost a bit more hair. Hey, we’re all getting older!” said former Royal Air Force winchman Rik Maving.

Bold chap, he is, insulting a royal like that. Lucky for him the prince didn’t order his beheading.

Apparently, Kate, who was with him at the time, was mortified, as was his grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

They are of the mind that the smooth-n-shiny look is not one befitting a future king and are spending $ 30,000 on a hair transplant to restore William’s “royal mane.”

Says CDL:

“The future King must look younger and vibrant, and this will be achieved only if William has a full head of hair. Experts in hair transplantation have been dispatched to Kensington Palace – in secret of course Royal courtiers reveal.”

We can hear Kate’s voice now.

Care for a spot of tea, darling? And while we’re at it, why not a spot of Rogaine? Oh, blimey, just get the bloody transplant surgery already!!!

I think its safe to say we’re calling bollocks on this entire story.

While it’s true that Will’s scalp is revealing itself more and more, we’re fairly certain Kate and the queen would rather have the prince bald than looking like Donald Trump.

Naturally, Prince William isn’t the only one getting flak for his appearance. The duchess has also come under fire recently for her horrible eyebrows.

It’s no wonder Kate wants to ditch royal life and move back to Wales. (Not really, but we’d totes understand.)

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