The New York Daily News recently featured a Canvasback project. We brought Dallen Jennet back to New York this month for some corrective surgery to his nose. Read all about it at the New York Daily News.
A terrible accident when he was 9 left Dallen Jennet disfigured and missing his nose.
The Marshall Islands boy resigned himself to a life alone, a life of staying out of sight so nobody would stare at him.
He stopped going to school after his accident and spent five years in self-imposed isolation — until a lucky break brought the teen Dr. Tal Dagan. The associate adjunct surgeon at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, stumbled upon Jennet’s case during a August 2014 Marshall Islands trip organized by Canvasback Missions.
“When I was there, I heard about Dallen, and the organizers asked me if I wanted to take a look to see if could help him,” said Dagan, 44. “I said, ‘Sure.’ ”
He had no idea how challenging it was going to be.