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An obturator is a custom-made plate designed to close a gap between the roof of the mouth (palate) and the nasal cavity. Its primary function is to stop food and drink from entering the nasal passage.
Breast milk is universally regarded as the ideal source of nutrition for infants. It is rich in essential nutrients that promote healthy growth and development, as well as natural antibodies that protect newborns from disease. Breastfed babies have a lower risk...
Along with the satisfaction of helping someone else, racing for charity will do wonders for your own fitness. You’ll enjoy a feeling of real accomplishment.
While every child is different, there is a good chance that those born with a cleft palate will need some form of speech and language therapy. This is true even if the cleft is repaired before the child starts talking.
Alfred finally has a new smile, thanks to Operation Smile and our wonderful volunteers, after 50 years of living with a cleft lip.
Could exposure to air pollution during pregnancy increase the chances of women giving birth to children with cleft lip and palate? Yes, according to recent research by the SA Medical Research Council.
By the time she was 12, Laura had undergone five surgeries to ensure she has the most beautiful smile and a normal life
Nearly four decades after Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee’s first Operation Smile surgical programme in the Philippines in 1982, the founding principles of love and leadership have been passed down through generations.
Being part of a team, united in a common goal of wanting to help others, is what all of our Operation Smile volunteers rate most highly about the experience.
When Ndzalo was born, his mother cried; she already had an older child with a physical disability, and thought she was being punished by God.
Having lived his entire life with an untreated cleft lip, Iddrisah never expected to find love. Instead, he became used to abuse and isolation from his own family and community.
As a psychosocial care provider, Cathy has attended six Operation Smile surgical programmes. She uses therapeutic play and hands-on educational activities to help patients feel calm and prepared to enter the operating room.
In just one hour, our skilled surgeons repaired Marceline’s cleft lip and reshaped her nose, giving her hope for a better life. Please join our circle of supporters and help change more children’s lives.
Growing up in a small rural community in Mozambique, Domingos always felt lost and alone. No one else in his community was born with a cleft lip. As he spoke about being bullied and judged, his eyes reflected the pain he’s endured for 48 years.
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 quiet dignity.
Thanks to generous supporters like you, two little sisters were able to have life changing surgery to repair cleft conditions.
Before and after in Madagascar When Mampionona was born, his mother did not know what to say. She had just seen her sister die from illness. And she was very emotional. “We named him Mampionona," Tantely, the baby’s aunt explained. "In Malagasy, it means ‘to...
In 2017, nine month old Tsifoina became the 2 500th patient to be operated on by Operation Smile in Madagascar. When they saw their son afterwards, the young parents shed tears of joy.
After his daughter received life changing surgery, Lala visits families in his district by bicycle, spreading news of Operation Smile.