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Published on May 15, 2015
The group Access Now connected Rosa Guevara Diaz and her brother Antonio with Dr. Michael Armstrong. He made each of them an ear using skin for their thighs and cartilage from their ribs.
“Those ribs were removed, carved into the shape of an ear and then implanted under the skin of the scalp where the ear should be,” Dr. Armstrong explains the procedure.
It is already making a world of difference. Rosa, like any teenage girl, got her new ear pierced. She is also more confident about her future.
Microtia and aural atresia is a rare congenital deformity in which a child is born without normal ear cartilage and without an ear canal. Reconstruction usually is deferred until about 8 years old, when the rib cartilage is well developed and the head is approaching adult size. The cosmetic reconstruction must be performed before the restoration of the ear canal. Many of these patients have serviceable hearing after repair.