Kongkrit Chaiyasate, M.D., pediatric plastic surgeon, Beaumont Children’s Hospital, has completed the first of a series of surgeries to create a new ear for 11-year-old Charlotte Ponce of Spring Lake, Mich. When she was just three-months-old, a pet raccoon attacked Charlotte in her crib. The raccoon destroyed her nose, ear and cheek. Charlotte and her great aunt and uncle, who adopted her after the attack, live in western Michigan, but drove to Beaumont Children’s Hospital after they read news reports of Dr. Chaiyasate’s reconstructive surgical abilities.
Over the past two years, Dr. Chaiyasate has performed several facial surgeries to repair the damage from the attack, including building a new nose for Charlotte and repairing her lip and cheek. On April 15, 2014, Dr. Chaiyasate removed pieces of Charlotte’s ribs to create a new ear for her. He placed the molded pieces of the ribs under the skin of Charlotte’s forearm to allow skin to grow around the new ear. In about eight weeks, Dr. Chaiyasate will remove the ear from her forearm and attach it to her head.
The day after the surgery, Charlotte’s mother, Sharon Ponce, said her daughter was doing great at Beaumont Children’s Hospital and looking forward to getting her first pair of earrings after the second surgery is complete.
Charlotte’s procedure was the first in Michigan and one of only a few performed in the U.S. Her story has been shared across the country and abroad as well:
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