Girl mauled by raccoon getting new ear

Charlotte Ponce before surgery in the Detroit area. (Courtesy WDIV - April 14, 2014)
Charlotte Ponce before surgery in the Detroit area. (Courtesy WDIV - April 14, 2014)

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A surgeon is creating a new ear for a Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby.

The procedure for Charlotte Ponce got underway Tuesday morning at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. By the early afternoon, nurse navigator Jennifer Brabant said Charlotte was “doing great,” but had a few hours to go.

Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate took cartilage from Charlotte’s ribs and carved it into the shape of an ear using a computer-generated template based on the 11-year-old’s other ear. He then implanted the ear structure under the skin of Charlotte’s forearm. The skin will mold to the ear shape over a period of eight weeks.

During Tuesday’s surgery, Chaiyasate also did some work on the scar tissue on Charlotte’s face, a post on the Friends of Charlotte Facebook page said Tuesday afternoon.

Chaiyasate already has done work rebuilding Charlotte’s nose and repairing her lip and cheek.

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