Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Plastic surgeon Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate, is going to take cartilage from Charlotte Ponce's rib and mold it into the shape of an ear and put inside of her forearm to grow. After eight weeks, the ear will be removed and attached to her ear. According to Beaumont Children's Hospital, the six- to eight-hour operation began yesterday and finished around 2 p.m. central time.
Charlotte has undergone multiple surgeries because her face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was just three months old. The whole thing started in 2002, when Charlotte and her brother Marshall were left unsupervised in a pool barn apartment. “Their mother went next door and I don’t know if the dad was supposed to be watching the kids. A raccoon got in the house and I figured he was hungry, because they weren’t feeding them. The reason he probably ate the right side of her face was because of the drool,” said Sharon Ponce, whose brother is the children’s grandfather. The children were taken into protective custody after the accident. Three years later, Sharon Ponce and her husband adopted Charlotte and her older brother.
See Susan Donaldson James, Raccoon Eats Baby's Face; Now 11 She Gets New Ear, Yahoo!, Apr. 15, 2014.
Special thanks to David S. Luber (Florida Probate Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.