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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.

From left, post-op nurses Karen Allen of Australia and Lora Edwards of the U.K. and translator Animesh Mukherjee with Ezhan, 10 months, female, and her mother during Operation Smile India's medical mission at IQ Medical College Hospital in Durgapur, India, on February 26, 2020.

World Health Day: Health For All

This year on World Health Day, we’re drawing attention to the goal of motivating action to tackle the health challenges of today and tomorrow with the theme of “Health For All.”
Ribbon cutting ceremony at the inauguration ceremony for the Bill and Kathy Magee Comprehensive Care Center in Guatemala City. From left to right: Beatriz Vidal, executive director for Operation Smile Guatemala); Dr. Bill Magee, Operation Smile co-founder and CEO; Kathy Magee, Operation Smile co-founder and president; Estuardo Trujillo Operation Smile Guatemala Chairman.

At the Center of a Dream: Operation Smile Guatemala’s New Care Center

Volunteers, staff, donors, patients and their families gathered together in Guatemala City to celebrate the grand opening of the Bill and Kathy Magee Comprehensive Care Center.
Eleven-month-old Moses looks head-on at the camera during screening at an Operation Smile Ghana surgical program.

Moses’ Journey to Surgery: Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Malnutrition contributes to the deaths of 3.1 million children less than 5 years old annually. Operation Smile patients born with cleft conditions are especially vulnerable, which is why we have established nutrition programs in 24 countries around the world.
Alfred stands in front of a pale yellow background, holding a photo of him before surgery.

Alfred’s Story of Love, Integrity and a New Smile

Alfred’s life was full of love and happiness as a husband and father. At 52 years old, Alfred believed he’d experienced the most he could out of life. But little did he know there was something greater headed his way.
During the Women in Medicine surgical program in the Philippines, Kisha plays with an Operation Smile volunteer before her surgery.

Health Equity Heroes

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Operation Smile and our global partners are honoring the importance of health equity for women by launching our Health Equity Heroes campaign.
Dr. Opoku Ampomah, cleft surgeon with Operation Smile Ghana, sits beside 10-month-old Christiana and her mom the morning after surgery.

Answering The Call: Q&A with Cleft Surgeon Dr. Opoku Ampomah

In this Q&A, Dr. Opoku Ampomah shares the reason behind what has inspired him to keep coming back to Operation Smile Ghana for the last 12 years.
Sitting in white plastic chairs, Dayana wears a yellow top smiling at her mom, Eluvia, who wears wearing a pink shirt and jeans.

After 11 Years, Hope Emerges for a Daughter and Her Mom

VIDEO: For 11 years, Eluvia felt alone as she searched for care for her daughter, Dayana. But those feelings of uncertainty and doubt disappeared after she connected with Operation Smile Guatemala.
During the 2022 Women in Medicine program in the Philippines, volunteer nurse Carola Noren of Sweden looks in on a patient following their cleft surgery.

Women Empowering Women

Throughout 2022, women-led volunteer teams delivered 280 surgeries during our Women in Medicine surgical programs in Morocco, Peru, Malawi and the Philippines.
One-year-old Wesilyn smiles wide months after receiving cleft surgery. Behind him is a bright yellow wall.

Meet Our Patients: Santarem, Brazil

Wesilyn, Lorrane and Jhone’s three separate journeys to care converged at an Operation Smile Brazil surgical program in Santarem. Here are their stories.

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