Patient Stories: Before and After Smiles...
Operation Smile's volunteer medical professionals travel around the world to treat children suffering from facial deformities. Their efforts mean new smiles for thousands of children, including these former patients:
Arianna is Eileen and Mark’s first child. Aileen’s excitement and anticipation for the birth of her first child turn to shock and despair when she first saw her new daughter who was not quite as perfect as she had hoped as her mouth was marred by a hole in the upper lip.
The Florida Family’s Story
The Florida Family’s Story starts 26 years ago when Norayda and Eric’s first child, Jan, was born with a broken mouth.
Eden Rose and Eugene’s excitement at the birth of their first child turned to despair when Jinden Juriz was born with a cleft lip.
Through their tears they tried to comfort each other and to accept that they now had two children who would live with broken mouths and be stared at, teased, and bullied.
Jean and Shawn learned that their daughter, Maia was not going to be the perfectly formed baby that they hoped for when an ultrasound taken during the sixth month of her pregnancy showed that the baby’s mouth was broken.
Julieanne Abcede stood out from other children on the mission in Manila as she had a severe facial deformity but she was smiling, her optimistic personality shining through.
“Sut” means split lip and is a terrible name for a child.
Jheleen and Andrea
Here is the story of two little girls whose lives were changed forever as told by volunteer Alison Smyth.
The Philipines - Louie
Louie was born with a clubfoot, deformed right hand and a facial deformity known as an encephalocele.
Thanh Ngan's name means "star" in her language Vietnamese.