Dillen van der Molen was born in Ethiopia. Both his parents passed away in a famine not long after Dillen was born. His father managed to bring his son to a children’s home before he left this world, and Dillen was later adopted by a Dutch family when he was two years old.
At the age of three, it became clear that Dillen had developed cataract eye problems, sadly, in both eyes. A very rare condition for children. At that time, doctors just did not have the tech to operate on this condition before Dillen turned twelve. Once Dillen turned twelve though, he went into the procedure. His eye lenses were replaced with eye implants in both eyes, first his left eye and then his right eye a year later.