Michigan Girl Has Final Major Surgery Following Pet Raccoon Attack
10-year-old Charlotte Ponce was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby - nearly 10 years later, she had her final major reconstructive surgery at Royal Oak Beaumont. Video by fox47news.comvideo
A Michigan girl attacked and mauled by a pet raccoon ten years ago is recovering from her final major surgery. And 10-year-old Charlotte Ponce is ready to see her new nose and lip.
They've been reconstructed by doctors at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
Over the weekend, Ponce went into her final procedure to rebuild her nose and lip.
"She'll see how she's going to look. As soon as everything's done, it will be awesome," said father Tim Ponce.
"It's going to be a transition for her, you know, because she's always been...different," added mother Sharon Ponce.
That's because at three months old, Charlotte Ponce was mauled by a pet raccoon that disfigured her lip, ear and nose. Charlotte's biological parents were placed on probation following the incident, and in 2005 the state terminated their parental rights.
Charlotte and her brother were adopted by Tim and Sharon Ponce, their great-aunt and great-uncle.
The final surgery was her fifth reconstructive surgery.
The outcome, Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate says, is "to make her as normal as possible. To be able to breathe and eat like a normal girl, and enjoy the life."
After three hours in surgery, Charlotte is recovering with her family by her bedside.
"The surgery went very well," says Dr. Chaiyasate.