- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - A surgeon has created a new ear for a Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby.

The procedure for Charlotte Ponce (PON’-say) was performed Tuesday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate (SHY’-ah-set) took cartilage from Charlotte’s ribs and carved it into the shape of an ear using a computer-generated template based on the 11-year-old’s other ear.

He then implanted the ear structure under the skin of Charlotte’s forearm. The skin will mold to the ear shape over a period of weeks.

Chaiyasate says he’s “pleased with the outcome of Charlotte’s surgery.”

The doctor already has done work rebuilding Charlotte’s nose and repairing her lip and cheek.