Girl attacked by raccoon as baby leaves hospital after rare surgery

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ0 - When Charlotte Ponce checked out of Beaumont Children’s Hospital on Monday she had a wagon full of stuffed animals and a big bunch of balloons to take home.

The 11-year old from Spring Lake was also wearing a colorful earring in her left ear that someone sent to her.

Charlotte hopes soon she’ll be able to wear earrings in both of her ears.

When she was just three months old, a pet raccoon mauled Charlotte’s face, chewing off her nose, part of her lip and her right ear.

During a seven-hour surgery last week, Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate, harvested rib cartilage from Charlotte, molded it into the shape of an ear and then inserted it into her arm to grow skin. 

In June, the ear will be retrieved and then attached to her head.  Earlier, Dr. Chaiyasate crafted a new nose for Charlotte and repaired her lip.
Her adoptive parents, Sharon and Tim Ponce, have been by her side through the seven surgeries she’s endured since 2012.

“She’s a special girl with a special circumstances,” Sharon told 7 Action News. “Not that all kids aren’t special but she’s got a special circumstance, so that puts her in a special kind of category.


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