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Hollywood-style special effects give girl new ear

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Surgeons make surgical marks around the deformed ear of Elise Lutz, 14, during her pre-operation exam at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Lutz's surgery involved two primary surgeons to remove the tissue and cartilage from her deformed ear, then insert titanium rods into her skull. The rods will eventually hold her new prosthetic ear.

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A prosthetic ear made for Elise Lutz at the Anaplastology Clinic in Durham, N.C., is ready for use.

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Otolaryngologist David Kaylie lays a mold on Elise Lutz, 14, to guide his drill during surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Lutz's surgery involved two primary surgeons to remove the tissue and cartilage from her deformed ear then insert titanium rods into her skull. The rods will eventually hold her new prosthetic ear.

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Elise Lutz looks into a mirror and admires her new prosthetic ear at the Anaplastology Clinic in Durham, N.C.

 

It's pretty amazing what they can do with prosthetics these days. Full story.