Patient Stories

Braving the World Together

For 10 years, Noemia lived with a cleft lip until her mother learned that surgery was possible through Operation Smile.

Lighting the Way

Fourteen years after receiving cleft surgery from Operation Smile in Bolivia, Luz is shining as a junior in high school.

Sisters’ Lives Transformed Through Safe Cleft Surgery

Sisters Andrea and Jheleen were born with a cleft in the Philippines. Their mother never gave up hope and looked for help until she found out that Operation Smile could give her daughters a new life.

Children Unite Us All

VIDEO: Dr. Bill Magee, Operation Smile Co-Founder and CEO, underscores the true power of trust and collaboration.

After 48 Years, A New Future

Domingos carried the weight of living with an untreated cleft lip until he arrived at an Operation Smile medical mission.

Bringing hope to Sidonie

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.

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

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

Care for Brighter Futures: Iris' Story, Part 2

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

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.

Care for Brighter Futures: Luciana's Story

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.


“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