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Pediatric intensivist, Dr. Martina Healy of Ireland checks the heartbeat of a baby during a late screening.

Images from the first Operation Smile Mission in Thies, Senegal, Day six, Surgery.

Thies, Senegal. December 18, 2008. (Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland)

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VISION

At Operation Smile, we envision a future where health and dignity are improved through safe surgery.

Safe surgery means providing patients with the highest quality of care, based on the highest medical standards, no matter where they live. 

Cleft is the third most common birth defect worldwide. In as little as 45 minutes, free safe surgery can give a child a chance to live a normal life 

A child born with a  cleft may suffer from: – Hunger and thirst – Difficulty with speech – Social isolation and bullying 

PATIENT STORIES

GLOBAL PRESENCE

With 35 years of expertise, we continue to provide life-saving reconstructive cleft surgeries and increase our overall surgical safety, quality and capacity worldwide.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

A child’s cleft lip or cleft palate can be repaired for as little as 45 minutes. All of our supporters give renewed hope to children and families around the world.