Operation Smile Volunteers speak

Operation Smile Volunteers speak

  Dr Christian Kampik is the Head of the clinical unit in Paediatric Anaesthesia at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Academic Hospital, and a lecturer at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. Since joining Operation Smile in 2007 as Paediatric Anaesthesiologist, he has been on...
Iddrisah finds love, despite his cleft lip

Iddrisah finds love, despite his cleft lip

Three years after receiving cleft lip surgery from Operation Smile Ghana, Iddrisah shows off his new smile. Photo: Zute Lightfoot.   Having lived his entire life with an untreated cleft lip, Iddrisah never expected to find love. Instead, he became used to abuse...
Healing through therapeutic play

Healing through therapeutic play

Cathy and pre- and post-operative nurse Donald Mlombwa of Malawi comfort Julita by showing her some of the surgical equipment she will see after entering the operating room for her cleft surgery. Photo: Margherita Mirabella.   Healing through therapeutic play –...
The other kids stared at me and laughed

The other kids stared at me and laughed

Today Marceline is in school, and she’s confident for the first time in her life. Your support makes stories like these possible.   The other kids stared at me and laughed   Eleven-year-old Marceline is a bright girl with beautiful eyes. But to others in her...
After 48 years, a new future

After 48 years, a new future

Domingos arrives at Quelimane Provincial Hospital for surgical intervention. Photo: Zeke du Plessis.   After 48 years, a new future for Domingos   Domingos has an indomitable spirit with a physique to match. Calloused hands, muscled arms, and shoulders that...
Braving the world together

Braving the world together

Noemia and her mother, Bendita. Photo: Zeke du Plessis.   Braving the world together   At Operation Smile we understand the special bravery of children like Noemia. Although it’s often hidden by shyness, this courage endures teasing and mockery, with...

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