See larger Two days before surgery to remove a tumor on her face, Dahana David, 15, weeps as she prays at Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church in Hollywood 'I feel a joy I can't explain while I pray, and it makes me cry. I'm speaking to the Lord because he is the only one capable of giving me back my face and my life,' said Dahana, who was brought to Florida from her native Haiti in March by twin sisters Gina and Ginette Eugene so she could have the life-saving surgery. The sisters opened their homes and lives to Dahana, and led the fund-raising needed to pay for the surgery. If left untreated in Haiti, doctors said Dahana would die, with much suffering, in a few years as the tumor grew. In my 10 years as a photojournalist, this situation moved me more than most. I had been to church with Dahana before, and she didn't seem moved by the sermon. But here, less than two days before the operation, she broke down and cried. I felt her desperation, her hope. She felt she really needed God's help. The surgery was a success, and today Dahana is doing well, waiting for another surgery to rebuild her face.

Photo by Darron R. Silva, Daily News

Two days before surgery to remove a tumor on her face, Dahana David, 15, weeps as she prays at Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church in Hollywood "I feel a joy I can't explain while I pray, and it makes me cry. I'm speaking to the Lord because he is the only one capable of giving me back my face and my life," said Dahana, who was brought to Florida from her native Haiti in March by twin sisters Gina and Ginette Eugene so she could have the life-saving surgery. The sisters opened their homes and lives to Dahana, and led the fund-raising needed to pay for the surgery. If left untreated in Haiti, doctors said Dahana would die, with much suffering, in a few years as the tumor grew. In my 10 years as a photojournalist, this situation moved me more than most. I had been to church with Dahana before, and she didn't seem moved by the sermon. But here, less than two days before the operation, she broke down and cried. I felt her desperation, her hope. She felt she really needed God's help. The surgery was a success, and today Dahana is doing well, waiting for another surgery to rebuild her face.

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