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. http://www.operationsmile.org/living_proof/patient-stories/ammulu.html
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.