A 13-year-old girl in Lucknow has got a new ear, implanted via a framework fashioned on her arm.
Doctors at King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow performed the unique ear implant surgery procedure for nearly a year.
In August 2018, the girl got her hair stuck in a thresher resulting in the upper skin of her head being uprooted. She lost her right ear in the accident. Her family rushed her to the university, and an eight-hour-long surgery was done to re-plant her ear. However, folds started appearing in the ear after a few days. The experts had to detach the ear, following which the skin of the operated region was grafted.
In 2019, the patient revisited the medical facility to get her ear created. The doctors informed the family about the two procedures that could be taken up. One involved an artificial ear, and the other involved an elaborate surgery including various micro-surgeries.
Given the financial situation of the family, they applied for help from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Upon receiving the grant, the family opted for the second procedure, following which a transplant plan was devised for the patient.
The first stage of the procedure was initiated with the patient’s cartilages being implanted in her wrist. The experts laid the framework for the ear on her hand. Upon maturing, a tissue-expander was put in her wrist to prevent a scar in the region from which the ear would be operated.
The expansion process lasted for six months, following which the ear was transplanted. However, due to the Covid-19 outbreak in early-2020, the surgery was postponed.
In August 2020, the girl’s ear was transferred to her face. Furthermore, the patient was called in again in November for some minor changes that had to be done. Presently, the patient wears a wig for her hair, and her ear has fully developed