Eden Rose and Eugene’s excitement at the birth of their first child turned to despair when Jinden Juriz was born with a cleft lip. Both parents had seen people with cleft lips through their work in the fish industry but never imagined that it would happen to them.
The tears came and the new parents turned to each other for comfort and looked for support from their parents and the hospital staff. The nurses at the hospital were able to give them some hope by telling them that surgery was possible and that they should check regularly with their local Health Centre for news of a medical team coming to the area to help children like Jinden.
Eden Rose contacted several organisations before learning from a local community leader about Operation Smile. She immediately looked up the name on Facebook and “liked” the Operation Smile Page. After months of checking regularly she finally saw the dates for the upcoming mission in Silay. Finally the wait was over and the little family travelled, nervous but excited, to the hospital in Silay where they became more nervous when they saw so many other families with the same problem as Jinden.
After completing screening Eden Rose wanted to wait until the surgical schedule was posted but Jinden was tired and crying so they returned home to wait for what they hoped would be good news. Eden Rose checked again on Facebook and found a number for Operation Smile Philippines and texted to see if there was any news. She later learned that the office in Manila forwarded her text to the office in Silay and on Monday the long awaited call came – Jinden’s surgery was scheduled for Wednesday.
Everyone in the team fell in love with Jinden and soon after her successful surgery to repair her broken mouth she was back in her mother’s loving arms. After 24 hours in the hospital Jinden, with her doting parents was ready to return home to start a new life. Just before leaving the mother approached each of the doctors, nurses, and volunteers who cared for her precious daughter to thank them and presented a beautiful letter of thanks.
Not only are the lives of our patients and families changed forever but also the lives of all the volunteers with Operation Smile.
Eden Rose’s letter to Operation Smile
“To the staff nurses, volunteers, and doctors who made and help to make this operation a successful one.
From the bottom of my heart I would like to say thank you for making my daughter JindenJuriz a very beautiful girl right now … this is the most wonderful gift I have ever had.
To: Margharet (Margherita) (photographer)
Thank you for supporting her since the operation to the recovery. You always taking pictures of her.
To: Madison, Katie, and Cathryn (International Student Volunteers, Speech Pathologist)
My baby is very happy when the three of you are playing and she is joining with your game – that was the FIRST TIME we saw her very happy.
To: Dr. Richard (Richard Lewandowski, Australian Volunteer, Silay City)
What we feel right now that Juriz is a normal kid today. We are so blessed that you are her doctor. We owe this to you Dr. Richard … God Bless ☺
The picture of this girl will be the new Jinden Juriz! (letter written on a coloring book page)
THANK YOU SO MUCH OPERATION SMILE!
This is now the new journey of Jinden Juriz”.