Michigan girl mauled by raccoon readies for series of surgeries

Charlotte Ponce is undergoing reconstructive face surgery at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak

Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:18:39 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 15 2012 06:59:30 PM EDT
ROYAL OAK, Mich. -

A West Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon a decade ago is at a Detroit-area hospital undergoing a series of reconstructive surgeries.

The first procedure for 10-year-old Charlotte Ponce took place Wednesday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Doctors are using skin from her wrist to help reconstruct her nose. Future procedures will focus on the Spring Lake girl's lips and ear.

On Wednesday morning, Charlotte sat in her hospital bed surrounded by stuffed bears and stickers.

She says she's "excited" for the surgery and looks forward to "walking around eating Popsicles."

The raccoon attacked Charlotte when she was 3 months old.

She and her brother were adopted by their great-aunt and great-uncle in 2005 after Michigan terminated the biological parents' rights.

READ: More about Charlotte's story.