Patient Stories

The Road to Ramata's Smile

Through the dedication and perseverance of her mother, Ramata overcame seemingly insurmountable barriers to care to finally receive her cleft surgeries.

Clara's path to recovery

Born with a severe cleft lip and cleft palate, Clara of Madagascar has experienced many hardships in her young life. But we are happy to report that last May at our Antsirabe medical mission, Clara received life-changing cleft palate surgery!

Mother in Bolivia: 'I knew it would work out'

When Victoria was born early, weighing just 1.34 pounds, her mother never gave up hope that her daughter would survive and get the surgical care she needed.

A life free from bullying

After being teased her entire life because of her cleft condition, Tereza made it her mission to access the care she needed to end the bullying — once and for all!

Coming Together for Their Child with Cleft

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.

A Second Chance to Smile

Unable to receive surgery at his first medical mission due to a fever, Bui returned to Hanoi for his life-changing procedure.

The Solution

Meheftehe suffered from a severe facial cleft which extended from her right eye through her cheek, lip and palate. Fortunately when Meheftehe was born, hospital staff told the young couple about Operation Smile’s work and that they could soon return for evaluation by its medical volunteers – expert plastic surgeons from around the world.

Britany's Care Center Connection

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

City of Smiles: Bacolod Medical Mission

The photographic story of an Operation Smile medical mission to the Philippines conducted in May 2017.

A Stranger's Kindness
South Africa

Ephraim was filling gas tanks at work when an unnamed gentleman told him cleft surgery was possible through Operation Smile South Africa.


“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