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Sherrie Walters needed to have parts of her ear removed due to skin cancer, and doctors at John Hopkins decided to use her own tissue to grow a replacement ear on her arm. Yes, they were able to successfully reconnect the ear. Continue reading for a video and more information.

The bizarre procedure was led by Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Patrick Byrne. It was performed on Sherrie Walters, who had previously lost her left ear - as well as part of her skull - in a previous operation to help her fight her basal cell cancer. Dr. Byrne "used cartilage from Walters' ribs to stitch together a new ear matching her right ear." The cartilage was then implanted in Walters' left forearm, where it grew for "months", no doubt the weirdest months of her life.


This entry was posted on 10/02/2012 00:15am and is filed under Science, Unusual .
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