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UPDATED: Mauled by Raccoon as Infant, Charlotte Ponce Now Has a New Ear (VIDEO)

The 12-year-old’s surgeon at Royal Oak’s Beaumont Hospital said the operation to attach the ear, which grew under her forearm for three months, was successful.

Pre-surgery markings show where Charlotte Ponce's new ear grew under her arm and where it will be attached to the side of her head. Mauled by a pet raccoon as an infant, she underwent the successful surgery Thursday. (Photo submitted)
Pre-surgery markings show where Charlotte Ponce's new ear grew under her arm and where it will be attached to the side of her head. Mauled by a pet raccoon as an infant, she underwent the successful surgery Thursday. (Photo submitted)

Updated at 5 p.m.:

Beaumont Hospital released the following statement about Charlotte Ponce's recovery from surgery to attach an ear:

"Charlotte Ponce is resting quietly today at Beaumont Children’s Hospital. Her new ear is healing as well as Dr. (Kongkrit) Chaiyasate would expect at this point. She has been watching some TV and movies, but mainly sleeping and resting. Her family appreciates all the support."

Our earlier report:

Charlotte Ponce, whose new ear grew under her forearm for three months, now has a matched set.

Mauled by a pet raccoon likely after the milk in a bottle propped in her mouth as an infant, Charlotte has been through multiple surgeries to repair and reconstruct  her nose, lip and most of her face under the skilled guidance of Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate at Royal Oak’s Beaumont Hospital.

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Thursday’s surgery to attach the new ear structure, carved from cartilage taken from her rib in April, went well, Chaiyasate told the Detroit Free Press. The ear structure was visible under her forearm, where it was placed to allow skin and tissue to develop around it.

The surgery was the last major procedure for the plucky 12-year-old from Spring Lake, who was in “good spirits,” said her mother, Sharon Ponce.

Chaiyasate said a skin graft will be performed in about a month to restore the are where the ear structure had been inserted. If necessary, Chaiyasate will continue to shape the ear, he told the newspaper.

As she matures, Charlotte will have more surgeries, including laser treatments, but none of them are major, Chaiyasate said in earlier reports.


Joseph Borrajo July 11, 2014 at 03:24 PM
Exotic animals as pets run the risk of physical injury and worse. P3
Les Stace July 11, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Where in hell were these baby's parents at the time the dam coon was actually eating that baby alive!!?
Beth Dalbey July 11, 2014 at 05:03 PM
Just want to clarify that her parents, Tim and Sharon Ponce, took custody of Charlotte and adopted her after her biological parents' rights were terminated. Click the "related" story link for more details.

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