Kongkrit Chaiyasate, M.D., pediatric plastic surgeon, Beaumont Children’s Hospital, has attached a new ear he created for 12-year-old Charlotte Ponce of Spring Lake, Mich.
Charlotte before her surgery.
On April 15, 2014, Dr. Chaiyasate removed pieces of Charlotte’s ribs to create a new ear. He placed the molded pieces of the ribs under Charlotte’s forearm to allow skin to grow around the new ear. On July 10, 2014, Dr. Chaiyasate removed the ear from the child’s arm and attached it to her head.
“Charlotte is doing great and is in good spirits. The ear is healing well,” Dr. Chaiyasate said.
When she was just three-months-old, a pet raccoon attacked Charlotte in her crib. The raccoon destroyed her nose, ear and cheek. Charlotte and her great aunt and uncle, who adopted her after the attack, live in western Michigan, but drove to Beaumont Children’s Hospital after they read news reports of Dr. Chaiyasate’s reconstructive surgical abilities.
Charlotte will remain in recovery at Beaumont Children’s Hospital for approximately one week. Then, she will return again in about a month for another procedure that will continue the process of repairing the damage caused by the raccoon years ago. Dr. Chaiyasate will perform a skin graft to help Charlotte’s arm heal and will also make a few adjustments to her ear.
Dr. Chaiyasate and team attach Charlotte's new ear.
Charlotte’s adoptive mother, Sharon Ponce, said, “The new ear looks as good as I could imagine. You can definitely see it’s an ear. It’s pretty fascinating. I keep looking at it. I’m amazed by what Dr. Chaiyasate can do.”
Tim Ponce, Charlotte’s adoptive father, added, “It makes me feel good to know that so many people are paying attention to Charlotte’s story. I’m so proud of her. I have tears in my eyes.”
Over the past two years, Dr. Chaiyasate has performed several facial surgeries to repair the damage from the attack, including building a new nose for Charlotte and repairing her lip and cheek.
Previous Charlotte Stories
4/29/2014 - Doctor Creates New Ear For Girl Attacked By Raccoon, Implants Ear In Her Forearm
12/3/2012 - Surgeons complete reconstruction of West Michigan girl's nose
11/5/2012 - West Michigan girl undergoes third surgery to reconstruct nose