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 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.