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April 15, 2014

Michigan girl mauled by raccoon getting new ear

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A surgeon is creating 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 (PON'-say) got underway Tuesday morning at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. By the early afternoon, nurse navigator Jennifer Brabant said Charlotte was "doing great," but had a few hours to go.

Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate (SHY'-ah-set) is taking cartilage from Charlotte's ribs and carving it into the shape of an ear using a computer-generated template based on the 11-year-old's other ear.

Once that happens, he'll implant the ear structure under the skin of Charlotte's forearm. The skin will mold to the ear shape over a period of weeks.

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

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