Doctor giving new ear to girl mauled by raccoon

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area surgeon is giving a new ear to a girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby.

Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate (SHY’-ah-set) was attaching the organ during a procedure Thursday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Chaiyasate took cartilage from Charlotte Ponce’s (PON’-sayz) ribs in April and carved it into the shape of an ear using a computer-generated template based on the 12-year-old’s other ear.

He then implanted the ear structure under the skin of Charlotte’s forearm. The skin molded to the ear shape.

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

The Spring Lake girl is expected to remain at Beaumont Children’s Hospital for about a week following Thursday’s surgery.

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