LIFE-CHANGING CLEFT SURGERY

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.

Without help, Ngan’s family would never have been able to afford the cleft surgery that would change her life and give her a bright future. When Ngan’s parents heard that Operation Smile was conducting a surgical mission, they travelled more than 200 miles for the chance to heal her smile.

Ngan received life-changing surgery on her cleft lip and cleft palate and now, 10 years later, she is a happy, healthy, vibrant girl – with a smile that shows it. As a hardworking student herself, Ngan dreams of becoming a teacher and allowing other children the chance to enjoy reading, writing and learning as much as she does.

Smiling baby after cleft surgery

Ngan 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 donations to Operation Smile give renewed hope to children like Ngan around the world.

Smiling girl with repaired cleft holding a photo of herself before surgery

Ngan, ten years after surgery