Girl Mauled By Raccoon Undergoes Final Major Surgery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) -- A West Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby has had her final major surgery. and WOOD-TV report Saturday that the procedure on 10-year-old Charlotte Ponce was performed Friday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, north of Detroit.
It was her fifth operation and involved shaping and contouring Charlotte's damaged nose. She is expected to be discharged from the hospital Saturday. Her surgeon plans to reconstruct Charlotte's right ear next summer.
The raccoon attacked the girl in 2002 in her crib while her biological parents lived near Ravenna, about 15 miles east of Muskegon. The raccoon was later destroyed.
She was adopted by her great-aunt and great-uncle in 2005 after Michigan terminated the biological parents' rights.

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  • by Hallux Valgus Location: Oxter, MI on Dec 2, 2012 at 04:45 AM
    Raccoons should never be kept as pets, fed or allowed or encouraged to visit your premises. They are cute, but deadly. Rabies is always a possibility. They can carry and transmit the Rabies Virus for a long time and not show any of the typical signs seen in our domestic animals. Young raccoons can carry the virus after being exposed by their mother or another rabid animal. Also, the raccoon round worms are a serious to deadly parasite. Inhalation of the embryonated worm eggs (larvae inside the eggs) can penetrate through the nasal nerve pathways into the brain, causing a fatal, parasitic encephalitis. It does occur frequently in dogs that have been kenneled where pet or wild raccoons have been. It is a serious human health hazard. The cute little raccoon could be deadly. My sympathy for this child for not being able to pick her parents as an infant.
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