Patient Stories

After 48 Years, A New Future
Mozambique

Domingos carried the weight of living with an untreated cleft lip until he arrived at an Operation Smile medical mission.


Bringing hope to Sidonie
Madagascar

When Sidonie was born, her parents were shocked to see her mouth. They didn't know how they could afford the surgery that could change their daughter's life. Until they learnt that Operation Smile was organising a medical mission in their country.


Meet Genesis: Operation Smile Honduras' 5,000th Patient
Honduras

On Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, Genesis became the 5,000th patient to receive surgery from Operation Smile Honduras!


Care for Brighter Futures: Iris' Story, Part 2
Nicaragua

Under the world-class care of Operation Smile Nicaragua's care centre volunteers, Iris finally receives the surgery she always deserved.


Care for Brighter Futures: Iris' Story, Part 1
Nicaragua

After living with an untreated cleft lip and cleft palate for 11 years, Iris arrives at the Operation Smile Nicaragua care centre for free and comprehensive care.


Care for Brighter Futures: Luciana's Story
Colombia

Soon after Luciana was born with a cleft, she became a patient at Operation Smile Colombia's care centre to receive safe, effective and timely surgery.


Care for Brighter Futures: Oscar's Story
Colombia

Oscar was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, but today he's thriving thanks to ongoing care from Operation Smile Colombia's care centre in Bogotá.


The Winner
Ethiopia

U-Voice student volunteer Hidaya Abdulrahim shares the story of Ashenafi, a patient who received cleft surgery at Operation Smile surgical training rotations.


“Mummy, what happened?”
Philippines

At school Rina was bullied so badly for her cleft lip and palate that she refused to go back. An Operation Smile medical mission in Cavite changed her life forever.


Ngan's story
Vietnam

In Vietnamese, Ngan’s name means “star,” but she wasn’t able to smile brightly when she was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. 10 year after she received life-changing surgery at an Operation Smile mission, Ngan is a happy, healthy, vibrant girl


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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