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Stories You Make Possible

Stories You Make Possible

Explore Operation Smile stories from around the world highlighting the courage of patients and their families, the dedication of our volunteers and staff, and the generosity of supporters like you.


His Path of Hope: Q&A with Surgeon Dr. Carlos Dorado

In this Q&A with Dr. Carlos Dorado, we discovered which patient stories have impacted him most throughout his time with Operation Smile as well as why he believes people must actively work at creating more moments of kindness for the families he meets on our surgical programs.

A Grandmother’s Everlasting Love

Claudina knew that her 16-year-old daughter, Wara, had a high-risk pregnancy. But she never imagined the series of events that would ultimately unfold.

See This Mom Conquer Her Fears As She Seeks Help for Her Son

Sandy once feared the possibility of her son receiving surgery. But after connecting with Operation Smile, her perception changed. “I felt confident, welcomed by all. I trust you. I know he’s in excellent hands.”

Operation Smile’s “Whole-Person Approach” with Priti Desai and Donna Trentel

The goal of psychosocial care extends far beyond ensuring a child is prepared for surgery. Forming a positive association with medical environments at a young age will have lasting effects on a child’s mental, emotional and physical development.

Laura’s Lifelong Journey of Care

By the age of 12, Laura had undergone more surgeries than some adults have in their entire lives. But throughout her cleft care journey, she found comfort and confidence during her visits to Operation Smile Colombia’s care center. 

Leading the Way: Q&A with Dr. Wone Banda

With a population of around 20 million people, Malawi currently has one female certified plastic surgeon serving patients. Her name is Dr. Wone Banda.

Health for All: Transcending Borders

Our Transcending Borders signature initiative strives to create more resilient and inclusive health systems that serve the needs of patients with cleft conditions regardless of their immigration statuses.

The Impact of One, Changes the Lives of Many

After an encounter with an Operation Smile Madagascar patient advocate, the paths of two patients unknowingly crossed as they both journeyed toward brighter futures.

Holding Her Happier Future

The love Sabine’s mother had for her wasn’t diminished by the reality of having a child with a cleft lip. If anything, her love intensified when she set out to find a solution.


It takes as little as $240 and as few as 45 minutes to provide life-changing surgery and a bright, beautiful new smile to a waiting child.