Ten years after the family’s pet raccoon mauled Charlotte Ponce’s face, the Michigan girl is finally getting the reconstructive surgery she’s dreamed of, thanks to generous donors.
The family’s pet raccoon attacked Charlotte when she was three months old and tore off her ear, upper lip, and nose.
“The pet raccoon somehow got into the house. And they assume the raccoon was probably after her bottle,” said Sharon Ponce, Charlotte’s adoptive mother.
The biological parents lost custody of Charlotte and her 11-year-old brother, Marshall.
Since the attack, Charlotte has undergone several surgeries. Last Wednesday’s surgery was expected to be the longest and perhaps riskiest. During the next nine months, doctors expect to perform at least two more surgeries to rebuild Charlotte’s ear and lip.