Patient Stories

In an Instant, Nicolle's Time Arrived
Guatemala

Eight years after receiving her life-changing surgery from Operation Smile, Nicolle is living the life her parents always hoped she'd have.


Parallel journeys
Malawi

Having received surgery to repair her cleft lip when she was 13 years old, Shamiem knew that there was also hope for her son, Ashraf.


Meet Our Patients: Madaba, Jordan
Jordan

In addition to cleft care, Operation Smile Jordan provides surgical burn care to children who need it most. Here are their stories.


A Dad's Dream for His Daughter
Madagascar

“I dream that after surgery, she’ll go to school and be like any other child," said Brunel's dad, Armand.


From Patient to Patient Advocate
Malawi

Weston Bello, a student volunteer from Malawi, shares the story of John, a former patient who became inspired to help people living with cleft.


Double the Smiles
Thailand

When twin brothers Lak and Ou were born with cleft conditions, their parents were devastated. Then, surgeries from Operation Smile changed everything.


This Selfless Mother Finally Receives Lifesaving Surgery
Nicaragua

After 20 years of pain, Nicolasa can live the life she always deserved thanks to care she received from the Surgery for the People project.


She Lived in Pain for More than 20 Years
Nicaragua

Thanks to the Surgery for the People project, patients like Nicolasa in Nicaragua can receive essential surgical care closer to home.


Rikta's Purpose
India

Rikta was born with a cleft lip and palate. Today, she strives to make a difference by helping children like herself.


Braving the World Together
Mozambique

For 10 years, Noemia lived with a cleft lip until her mother learned that surgery was possible through Operation Smile.


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“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President