Charlotte Ponce was only 3-months-old when she was subjected to a horrific incident that she would be reminded of every time she would look into the mirror for the rest of her life.
Her parents had put her in her cradle to sleep with her bottle of milk. It was later assumed that Charlotte had spilt milk over her face – because the family’s pet racoon soon crept into her crib, likely attracted to the smell. That’s when the unthinkable happened: the racoon began chewing at Charlotte’s little face.
Charlotte lost her right ear, nose, upper lip and parts of her right cheek in the terrible attack by the animal.
The tragic incident lead to Charlotte’s biological parents losing custody over her and her brother. The two children were placed in custody of their relatives, Sharon and Tim Ponce.
Charlotte’s face was left so deformed that she had a hard time participating in social activities with other kids, and therefore became very depressed.
Despite numerous painful reconstructive surgeries, the little girl never once complained, writes Daily Mail.
Koongkirt Chaiyaste, Charlotte’s main doctor, had been seeing her for five years. In 2003, eleven years after the horrible incident, Dr. Chaiyaste prepared to carry out the biggest and most important reconstructive surgery she’d undergone thus far.
The plan was to remove cartilage from her ribs, which then would be operated into her arm, where a new ear would grow and be shaped. It would then be transplanted to her actual ear area to replace the one she’d lost as a baby.
Now at age 14, Charlotte can finally do something she’s been dreaming of as long for as she can remember – wear earrings. The girl has saved over 50 pairs while waiting for her new ear.
Thanks to her skilled and excellent doctors, Charlotte will finally start to feel a little more like other kids her age.
Naturally, this operation meant a lot to Charlotte. She has never stopped hoping and dreaming – and now she wants to become a biomedical engineer when she grows up, so she can help others who have lost parts of their face or body, too.
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