Charlotte is in a new school this year, and she has really enjoyed the transition. She has chosen to take Dance and Art classes as her elective and is already making new friends. She is up early every morning and eager to go to school.
Charlotte also has started gymnastics on Thursday nights. She has so much fun and is picking up pretty quickly.
Charlotte had a surgery this summer that went very well. Some fat (they had a hard time finding enough because she’s so skinny) was taken from her abdomen and used to build out her right cheek. Part of her left ear was used to even out the shape of her nose.
My Fox Detroit featured Charlotte earlier this month in a wonderful piece.
Fox 2 News Story on Charlotte Ponce
The photo below was taken prior to her most recent surgery. Near her birthday, she received a very generous gift of classic books, which she has started reading. She still gets cards and notes of encouragement each month, and this helps boost her confidence and to remember that she has so many people out there praying and caring for her.
Charlotte enjoys a gift of new reading material. Included in the classic paperbacks is a copy of “Charlotte’s Web” – perfect!
Charlotte started seeing a new therapist, and she seems to be benefiting already from the appointments. Charlotte is undergoing a series of testing and evaluation regarding the effect that her post-traumatic development has had on her. It will take time and effort, but through hard work, she should start to see improvement in her social behavior and her education.
At the end of the month, Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate, chief plastic surgeon on Charlotte’s reconstruction, will be honored at a banquet for his excellent work. Charlotte and our family have been invited to attend. An author writing about the outstanding work done at Beaumont will feature Charlotte’s story in her book, and will photograph her at the banquet.
We are so fortunate to have seen Charlotte come so far in the past year. She has healed very well from her surgeries and is starting the road to emotional and mental recovery. She will still have a series of surgeries to rebuild her right ear, which is missing entirely. This will likely begin next summer.
Thank you for your continued well wishes and prayers.