Girl Mauled by Raccoon Leaves Hospital With Ear on Arm

PHOTO: Charlotte Ponce will head back to Beaumont Childrens Hospital in June to have her new ear transplanted from her arm to her head.
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An 11-year-old girl who was mauled by a pet raccoon as a baby is back home today after a seven-hour surgery to embed a makeshift ear in her arm.

Charlotte Ponce of Spring Lake, Mich., lost her right ear, nose and part of her lip in the attack.

“The raccoon pretty much ate the right side of her face, all the way back to the ear,” Charlotte’s adoptive mom Sharon Ponce told ABCNews.com. “Now, all she wants is to wear two earrings.”

Read about the raccoon attack and Charlotte’s recovery.

PHOTO: Charlotte Ponce, who was mauled by a raccoon as a baby, had surgery to implant a makeshift ear on her right arm.
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PHOTO: Charlotte Ponce, who was mauled by a raccoon as a baby, had surgery to implant a makeshift ear on her right arm.

Charlotte left Beaumont Children’s Hospital Monday after a week-long stay with two dangly earrings in her left ear, but not for long. A right ear carefully crafted from her own rib cartilage is growing on her right forearm.

In June, doctors will transplant the makeshift ear to Charlotte’s head in what will be her eighth surgery since 2012.

Read about the surgery to repair Charlotte’s nose.

PHOTO: Charlotte Ponce, 11, was just 3 months old when her biological parents pet raccoon mauled her face, eating her ear and nose. Now, doctors have built her a new ear out of cartilage from her ribcage and placed it inside her forearm to grow.
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PHOTO: Charlotte Ponce, 11, was just 3 months old when her biological parents' pet raccoon mauled her face, eating her ear and nose. Now, doctors have built her a new ear out of cartilage from her ribcage and placed it inside her forearm to grow.

Charlotte wheeled wagons full of gifts and balloons from the hospital.

“I love the attention,” she told ABC affiliate WXYZ.

ABC News' Susan Donaldson James contributed to this story.

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