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Smile Stories

Lives transformed in as little as 45 minutes.

Children who are born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate are faced with challenges many of us cannot ever imagine. Many have difficulty eating, speaking or even smiling and in some parts of the country, they are hidden away, kept from socializing, attending school or playing an active role in their community.

Operation Smile Philippines medical volunteers work tirelessly to help these children have a bright and hopeful future. Throughout the country, thousands of children have experienced this transformation, and a few of their stories are told.

Realyn was lucky. She didn’t have to grow up marred by the terrible facial deformity with which she was born.
Rowena thinks her daughter, one-year-old Shaina, was born with a cleft lip because she fell from a hammock when she was seven months pregnant.
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