Care for Brighter Futures: Luciana's Story
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
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.
"He is going to be a beautiful boy"
Greth Liseth was devastated when her son, Erick Manuel was born. She had never seen anything like a cleft lip or cleft palate, and nobody could explain why her "Manuelito" was born like that. She couldn’t breastfeed him, and she felt so helpless that she couldn’t feel love for her child.
When All Seems Lost, Hope Appears
Shocked and heartbroken when her baby Valeska was born with a cleft lip, Zorida received more discouraging news within the first moments of her daughter’s life. No sooner than learning that surgery was possible to repair Valeska’s cleft lip, the young Nicaraguan mother was told by doctors that the procedure would be far too expensive for her and Valeska’s father to afford. The couple was informed that more affordable, possibly even free, surgical treatments could be found in Managua — a six-hour bus trip from their hometown.
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?”
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.
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
A World Smile Day Story
Michael's mother, Filicia, overcame cultural, financial and physical barriers to seek cleft lip surgery for her 15-month-old son.
A Landmark Patient
During a surgical training rotation, Tsifoina became the 2,500th patient to be operated on by Operation Smile in Madagascar.
To Heal and to Comfort
In the local language, Mampionona's name means "to heal and to comfort." At an Operation Smile surgical training rotation, the 10-year-old boy received both.