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PHOTOS: New Nose Revealed for Girl Attacked by Raccoon

Beaumont Hospital held a press conference this afternoon with 10-year-old Charlotte Ponce, who showed off progress on her new nose. The doctor who performed the surgery says it's the first step for the Spring Lake MI girl in having her face reconstructed

"What you see here is not a finished nose," said , of Beaumont's Craniofacial Clinic at at press conference at  on Wednesday. Chaiyasate completed the first stage of reconstruction of the inside, or the structure, of 10-year-old Charlotte Ponce's nose.

Chaiyasate and his surgical team took tissue with a blood supply from Charlotte’s forearm to create a lining for her nose. In about two months, she’ll return for a second procedure. The surgical team will take tissue from her forehead to create the exterior of her nose.

Patient was disfigured by raccoon

The Spring Lake MIwhen she was was 3 and a half months, after her birth mother laid her down for a nap with a bottle and then left her unattended.

"It was a hot day - 90 degrees outside," said Tim Ponce, Charlotte's adoptive father. "The raccoon was a pet and was probably looking for a place to cool off. Somehow the raccoon got inside her room and ate her ear, nose, and the side of her face. She probably had milk on her face and you know how animals are."

The time is right

Chaiyasate said the time is right for Charlotte to have facial reconstruction, before she reaches puberty. "You know how middle school kids are," he said. 

The young girl will most likely need additional surgery in adulthood, but for now, at 10, her mid-face has stopped growing. Just her jaw will continue to grow, Chaiyasate said.

Over the next two years, the surgical team lead by Chaiyasate, will reconstruct her nose, lip and ear.

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Debra Ball August 22, 2012 at 08:31 PM
stay strong Charlotte! You have lots of people supporting you. And great doctors who will help you to have the beautiful face you deserve to match your beautiful eyes and spirit
John Davids August 22, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Amazing.
RO Raven August 22, 2012 at 11:30 PM
This little girl is beautiful!
John December 04, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Whats wrong with this little girls mother????...C'mon...a raccoon as pet????... They should have taken this little girl away from this crazt mother.
Reddest Wing December 04, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I'm pretty sure she is being raised by her aunt and uncle now. There's never been any mention of the bio mom, or if she's even still in the picture.

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