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Angelina Jolie Reveals Two of Her Daughters Underwent Surgeries

Angelina Jolie Reveals Two of Her Daughters Underwent Surgeries

Angelina Jolie has revealed in an essay on International Women’s Day that two of her daughters both underwent surgeries recently.

“I have spent the last two months in and out of surgeries with my eldest daughter (Zahara, 15), and days ago watched her younger sister go under the knife for a hip surgery,” the actress, director and humanitarian wrote in a Time essay. “They know that I am writing this, because I respect their privacy and we discussed it together and they encouraged me to write. They understand that going through medical challenges and fighting to survive and heal is something to be proud of.”

“I have watched my daughters care for one another. My youngest daughter studied the nurses with her sister, and then assisted the next time. I saw how all my girls so easily stopped everything and put each other first, and felt the joy of being of service to those they love,” Angelina added. “I also watched them their face fears with a resolute bravery. We all know that moment when no one else can help us, and all we can do is close our eyes and breathe. When only we can take the next step or breath through the pain, so we steady ourselves and do it.”

“Little girls’ softness, their openness and instinct to nurture and help others, must be appreciated and not abused. We must do much more to protect them, in all societies: not only against the extreme ways girls’ rights are often violated, but also the more subtle injustices and attitudes that so often go unnoticed or excused,” she added. “So my wish on this day is that we value girls. Care for them. And know that the stronger they grow, the healthier they will be and the more they will give back to their family and community.”

She concluded her essay, “And my message to girls is, fight on, little ladies. Your care for each other will be a large part of your way forward. Hold your nerve. Know your rights. And never let anyone tell you that you are not precious and special and, above all, equal.”

Angelina did not give details about the surgeries. She shares six kids with Brad Pitt: Knox and Vivienne, 11, Shiloh, 13, Zahara, 15, Pax, 16, and Maddox, 18.

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