Jesenia’s Story

Jesenia would never think of looking you in the eye. Ashamed of the scars left by three surgeries to reconstruct her face after a savage pit-bull attack, she walked with her head down to the ground.

Mary, a counselor of Children of the City, began working with Jesenia and her family. One of five children, Jesenia lived with her mother who was unable to understand English. If the trauma of her attack were not enough, Jesenia suffered a brain hemorrhage. “Her mother was a nervous wreck” remembers Mary “when she heard that the doctors wanted to experiment on her daughter.” Mary accompanied the family to the hospital and interpreted for Jesenia’s mother with the doctors and surgeons, and continued to work with the family and help them through this process.

Jesenia found help in Children of the City, and after recovery began attending a girl’s mentoring group. Today, Jesenia walks with her head held high.