Patient Stories

From Patient to Patient Advocate

Weston Bello, a student volunteer from Malawi, shares the story of John, a former patient who became inspired to help people living with cleft.

Double the Smiles

When twin brothers Lak and Ou were born with cleft conditions, their parents were devastated. Then, surgeries from Operation Smile changed everything.

This Selfless Mother Finally Receives Lifesaving Surgery

After 20 years of pain, Nicolasa can live the life she always deserved thanks to care she received from the Surgery for the People project.

She Lived in Pain for More than 20 Years

Thanks to the Surgery for the People project, patients like Nicolasa in Nicaragua can receive essential surgical care closer to home.

Rikta's Purpose

Rikta was born with a cleft lip and palate. Today, she strives to make a difference by helping children like herself.

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.


“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