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Jenny's story

Towards the end of 2004 the 3E team was visiting a school in an isolated mountain area. As we were looking over the school I happened to step into a classroom and saw something that really impacted me. It was a little girl whose face was horribly scarred. She quickly dropped her head when she saw I was looking at her as she was so embarrassed, but I had already seen enough.

In trying to find out her story, the teacher told us that when Jenny was a baby she had fallen face-first into the family cooking fire. She had never been able to see a doctor due to the remoteness of the home and a lack of finances. Jenny was left with no nose or eyelids, which meant she could never close her eyes. Her mouth was badly distorted and 4 fingers of her left hand were also burned away.

What future would this little girl have? Would she ever be able to go and get a job, or get married? She was too afraid to talk or look at people due to

her condition, held virtually a prisoner of shame.

In trying to figure out how we could get help for her, we contacted an organization who bring children from many countries to Australia for corrective surgery.

After all the paper work was completed and passports for Jenny and her mother were obtained, I had the joy of accompanying them to Australia in June 2005. There they spent 3 months and Jenny underwent 4 surgeries.

Jenny now has a cute little nose, working eyelids that allow her to close her eyes when she goes to sleep, and a surgically corrected mouth. She also has 4 partial fingers. She and her mother had a wonderful opportunity to expand their knowledge of another country and make many new friends.

Jenny may have to go back for follow-up treatment but what a joy to see the huge change in her life and what a happy little girl she now is!

By Adrie van Bruchem

 

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The teacher told us that when Jenny was
a baby she had fallen face-first into the family cooking fire. She had never been able to see a doctor due to the remoteness of the home and a lack of finances.

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny after her surgeries

 

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