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.

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.

Dreams do come true.
South Africa

A chance meeting with a volunteer changes a young man's life.

Lucky Lungile
South Africa

When a patient becomes family.


“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