Patient Stories

The Surgery He Always Deserved

Because of his cleft, Marco lived as an outcast for 54 years before a patient advocate ensured he would receive life-changing surgery from Operation Smile.

Then His Name Was Called

Time was running out on screening day when John nearly lost hope that he would receive cleft surgery from Operation Smile.

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.

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.


“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