ROYAL OAK, Mich. – A surgeon has created 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 was performed today at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
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 weeks.
Chaiyasate says he’s “pleased with the outcome of Charlotte’s surgery.”
The doctor already has done work rebuilding Charlotte’s nose and repairing her lip and cheek.