Patient Stories

This Family's Message of Thanks

For Lu Gong'e and Tian Shun, the only way they could express their deep gratitude was by writing a letter to the volunteers who helped change their son's life.

Two Thumbs-Up

After nine years of living with a cleft lip, Bipul wasn't going to let anything keep him from reaching Operation Smile's medical mission in Durgapur.

Meet Our Patients: Ho, Ghana

As Operation Smile Ghana continues to knock down barriers to care, more patients are receiving the life-changing surgeries they deserve. Here are their stories.

In an Instant, Nicolle's Time Arrived

Eight years after receiving her life-changing surgery from Operation Smile, Nicolle is living the life her parents always hoped she'd have.

Parallel journeys

Having received surgery to repair her cleft lip when she was 13 years old, Shamiem knew that there was also hope for her son, Ashraf.

Meet Our Patients: Madaba, Jordan

In addition to cleft care, Operation Smile Jordan provides surgical burn care to children who need it most. Here are their stories.

A Dad's Dream for His Daughter

“I dream that after surgery, she’ll go to school and be like any other child," said Brunel's dad, Armand.

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.


“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