Patient Stories

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.

Devoted to Their Daughter

Elisa's parents, Sidonie and Jean, stopped at nothing to make sure she received safe cleft surgery from Operation Smile.

Overcoming Her Obstacles

Though Nazifa now has a beautiful new smile, her journey in accessing cleft care was anything but easy.

A Father's Promise Fulfilled

Today, Antonia, her father and sister laugh and enjoy the time with one another as they reminisce about the past. In precious moments like these, it’s nearly impossible to imagine a time when there wasn’t much that made Antonia smile. However, that time was 11 years ago, before her cleft lip was repaired by Operation Smile Brazil.

In His Mother’s Arms
Santo Domingo

Immediately after Leudy was born, he was taken away before his mother, Marisol, could see him or hold him.

From Hurt To Healing: Efren’s Emotional Change

At 9 years old, Efren’s schoolmates were his worst enemies. He lashed out against his bullies, who constantly target him with insults because of his cleft lip and cleft palate.

When Children Regain Hope: Siham's Story of Healing

“I always wondered why I was born like this and if anyone would ever come to save me."

As if he didn't have a name

Cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries gave Joseph the confidence to pursue his education without the threat of bullying


“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