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.