Doctor giving new ear to girl mauled by raccoon

The Associated PressJuly 10, 2014 

RACCOON ATTACK GIRL

Charlotte Ponce, 12, holds up her arm at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., on July 9, 2014. Ponce was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby, is about to get a new ear. A surgeon will attach the organ during a 6- to 8-hour procedure Thursday, July 10. Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate took cartilage from Ponce's ribs in April and carved it into the shape of an ear using a computer-generated template based on the 12-year-old's other ear. He then implanted the ear structure under the skin of Charlotte's forearm. The skin since then has been molding to the ear shape. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb ) DETROIT NEWS OUT; NO SALES

ROBIN ERB — AP

— A Detroit-area surgeon is giving a new ear to a girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby.

Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate (SHY'-ah-set) was attaching the organ during a procedure Thursday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Chaiyasate took cartilage from Charlotte Ponce's (PON'-sayz) ribs in April and carved it into the shape of an ear using a computer-generated template based on the 12-year-old's other ear.

He then implanted the ear structure under the skin of Charlotte's forearm. The skin molded to the ear shape.

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

The Spring Lake girl is expected to remain at Beaumont Children's Hospital for about a week following Thursday's surgery.

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