Michigan girl mauled by raccoon finishes surgeries

FILE -- In this April 14, 2014 file photo, Charlotte Ponce stands for a photo at her home the day before surgery in Royal Oak, Mich. Ponce, 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, said the the doctor who performed her surgeries, Dr. Kongret Chaiyasate, on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark)
FILE -- In this April 14, 2014 file photo, Charlotte Ponce stands for a photo at her home the day before surgery in Royal Oak, Mich. Ponce, 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, said the the doctor who performed her surgeries, Dr. Kongret Chaiyasate, on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark)

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 had her upper lip repaired, her nose rebuilt and last month she 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 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.

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