A surgeon at a Detroit-area hospital plans to perform a procedure next week that will begin the process of giving a new ear to a western Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby.
The surgery for Charlotte Ponce is scheduled for Tuesday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
Surgeon Kongkrit Chaiyasate will take cartilage from Charlotte's ribs and carve it into the shape of an ear using a computer-generated template based on the 11-year-old's other ear.
He'll implant the ear structure under the skin of Charlotte's forearm. In the next eight weeks, the skin will mold to the ear shape.
Chaiyasate already has done extensive work rebuilding Charlotte's nose and repairing her lip and cheek.
Ponce is pictured in a file photo.