Life-changing cleft care
Lexxi was born with a cleft lip and palate in an impoverished and remote area of Colombia.
Throughout her childhood, Lexxi was often sick and her cleft palate caused her difficulty with eating and breathing properly at times. On one occasion, Elba had to rush Lexxi to hospital after she came down with an acute respiratory illness. It was on this journey that Elba learned about Operation Smile Colombia.
Elba and Lexxi travelled to our medical mission site and, after a comprehensive health evaluation, Lexxi was deemed healthy enough for surgery. Today, Lexxi’s speech has greatly improved and she is no longer bullied. She excels at school and dreams of becoming a secretary, nurse, or doctor one day.
YOU CAN CHANGE A CHILD’S LIFE
It takes only 45 minutes and as little as £150 to give a new smile to a child, but your gift is more than a surgery. All of our supporters give renewed hope to children like Lexxi around the world.