Meet Our Patients: Puebla, Mexico

Photo: Rodrigo Avina.

When both of her twin daughters, Daniela and Denise, were born with cleft conditions, Angélica relied heavily on the love and support of her family. 

As a single mother working tirelessly as a part-time maid to provide for her family, Angélica knew that paying for surgery for both of her twins was far beyond her means.

But that never stopped her from seeking out a solution. And while she was left without answers for more than a year, Angélica refused to stop searching because she knew that her daughters were depending on her.

“I am devoted to my children,” Angélica said.

The solution she searched for was suddenly in sight when a pastor from their community told them about Operation Smile Mexico and the life-changing surgeries it provides for children like Daniela and Denise.

Not only did the pastor tell them where the upcoming medical mission would be, but he helped Angélica, her sister and her daughters secure transportation to the mission site, which was four hours from their home.

After the twins both passed their comprehensive health evaluations, the time came for them to receive their free, safe surgeries.

Today, Daniela and Denise now have beautiful new smiles and brighter futures.

“I feel like this is the best thing that could’ve ever happened to us,” Angélica said. “The way that they (Operation Smile Mexico) treated us inspired, motivated and encouraged us to allow them to perform surgery on our children.”