Patient Stories

Bringing hope to Sidonie
Madagascar

When Sidonie was born, her parents were shocked to see her mouth. They didn't know how they could afford the surgery that could change their daughter's life. Until they learnt that Operation Smile was organising a medical mission in their country.


Britany's Care Center Connection
Honduras

Operation Smile's center in Honduras provides patients with ongoing medical services and new hope.


Jomatt's path to recovery
Philippines

U-Voice student volunteer Ellie McDonald shares the story of Jomatt, a patient who received cleft surgery at Operation Smile medical mission in Cebu, February 2018.


Coming Together for Their Child with Cleft
Paraguay

A family's embrace of a boy born with severe cleft conditions drives his mother's determination to ensure he has the best cleft care possible.


Care for Brighter Futures: Iris' Story, Part 2
Nicaragua

Under the world-class care of Operation Smile Nicaragua's care centre volunteers, Iris finally receives the surgery she always deserved.


Care for Brighter Futures: Iris' Story, Part 1
Nicaragua

After living with an untreated cleft lip and cleft palate for 11 years, Iris arrives at the Operation Smile Nicaragua care centre for free and comprehensive care.


Meet Genesis: Operation Smile Honduras' 5,000th Patient
Honduras

On Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, Genesis became the 5,000th patient to receive surgery from Operation Smile Honduras!


Care for Brighter Futures: Luciana's Story
Colombia

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
Colombia

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"
Honduras

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.


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“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President