Life-changing cleft surgery

KARLA’S STORY

Karla’s cleft lip and cleft palate caused eating to be difficult. For the first year of her life, Karla had to be fed with a syringe.

Her father Ángel searched for a hospital or organisation that would provide affordable surgical care for his daughter, and for months, he was met with disappointment.

Feeling strained but determined, he continued his search until he found a local organisation that not only connected him with Operation Smile Mexico, but also provided him transportation to the medical mission.

After years of feeling helpless, hope finally returned to Ángel.

As he watched his daughter walk toward the operating room, Ángel became anxious but had faith in the Operation Smile medical team.

After his daughter’s cleft lip surgery, Ángel could not look away from his daughter’s new smile.

Smiling girl with a repaired cleft

Karla after cleft surgery

YOU CAN CHANGE A CHILD’S LIFE

It takes only 45 minutes and as little as €180 to give a new smile to a child, but your gift is more than a surgery. All of our supporters give renewed hope to children like Karla around the world.

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