If you’ve been keeping up with the mission, you likely know about Dallen, the resilient teen who lost his nose in a terrible electrical accident while young and had it reconstructed in 2015 by surgeon Tal Dagan.
Raised in Majuro, Marshall Islands, Dallen first met Dr. Dagan during one of Canvasback’s ENT missions. Dagan immediately knew what he would do to help. Months later, he had worked out donations of time, services, and facilities so that Dallen could travel to New York for his nose reconstruction.
This year, Dallen returned to New York for a follow-up corrective surgery. Despite traveling thousands of miles from idyllic Micronesian weather to the East Coast’s harsh winter for another surgery, Dallen perseveres.
The first corrective procedures this year went well, as Dagan once again volunteered his services to help Dallen. Only a week after, Dagan was excited to see Dallen embrace a new activity: ice skating! Not only was he up and around post-surgery, but he was willing to try an entirely new sport—ice skating—that isn’t even possible on his home in Majuro, Marshall Islands.
Dallen has at least one more minor corrective procedure in New York, before traveling back home to Majuro. Once again, the surgery was provided free of charge by Dagan. Surgery facilities and supplies were donated by the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mt. Sinai. Housing was provided by the Ronald McDonald House New York. Numerous other volunteers continue to be a part of Dallen’s housing, transportation, and medical care.