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Operation Smile • 2 years ago

Ammulu was born with a severe facial deformity that made eating and drinking difficult. Her parents feared for her health and future, but they could never afford the surgery she needed. For five years, Ammulu lived with shame as other children teased her cruelly. www.operationsmil...

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Every three minutes, it is estimated that a child is born with a cleft condition. One in 10 children born with a cleft will die before their first birthday. Since 1982, Operation Smile has given more than 2 million patient evaluations and provided over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Before surgery, Daisy was laughed at and teased at school. It wasn't until Daisy was six years old, that her parents learned her cleft lip and cleft palate could be repaired.

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Tuan’s parents are loving but poor -- too poor to afford the 45-minute surgery needed to fix their son’s cleft lip and save him from a lifetime of pain and isolation.