ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby is celebrating the completion of two years' worth of reconstructive surgical procedures.
Charlotte Ponce (PON'-say) had her upper lip repaired, her nose rebuilt and last month got a new ear.
The 12-year-old from Spring Lake has spent a lot of time at Beaumont Hospital in suburban Detroit since 2012.
On Monday, the doctor who performed her surgeries looked back on Charlotte's journey.
Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate (SHY'-ah-set) tells WXYZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1pWRrCO ) he kept his word. He says he told Charlotte she would get her nose, lip and ear back, and she did.
During a procedure last week, Chaiyasate surprised his patient by piercing her new ear and fashioning a makeshift earring from IV tubing.
Information from: WXYZ-TV, http://www.wxyz.com