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Ammulu was born with a severe facial deformity that made eating and drinking difficult. www.operationsmil...

Maiquin lived with his facial deformity for three years because his parents couldn’t afford the surgeries he desperately needed. www.operationsmil...

This sweet baby girl was born with severe clefts in her lip and palate that made eating and drinking difficult. www.operationsmil...

Bryan had trouble eating and drinking, but his family was too poor tp get surgery for his cleft lip. www.operationsmil...

Danila was born beautiful and perfect - except for a jagged tear in her upper lip that became the central focus of her life. www.operationsmil...

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.

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.

From the day he was born with a severe cleft lip, Jenier was always sick. His parents worried about his health. www.operationsmil...

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.

Born with a cleft lip and a cleft palate, Thais' parents knew nothing of such facial deformities.