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A surgeon at a Detroit-area hospital plans to perform a procedure that will begin the process of creating a new ear for 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.
Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate is to 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's to implant the ear structure under the skin of Charlotte's forearm. The skin then will mold to the ear shape over a period of weeks.
Chaiyasate already has done extensive work rebuilding Charlotte's nose and repairing her lip and cheek.