Through a translator, Hennglise’s mother, Yvrose, told an Operation Smile spokeswoman that she hopes their family and other people will be more accepting of Hennglise.
“Surgery has changed our relationship because I am more comfortable around Hennglise,” Yvrose Dorival said. “The largeness of her face made me and others uncomfortable. Before the operation, Hennglise was scared to go out and socialize. But not anymore.”
Magee and other Operation Smile representatives said that Hennglise’s mood has changed tremendously since the surgery and she appears to be more outgoing toward her doctors and nurses.
“I’m happy. My face is smaller,” Hennglise told an Operation Smile representative through a translator. “My mouth is different, but in a good way. I understand it will get better with time.”