Patient Stories

A New Smile for Marcus

One-year old Marcus from the Philippines, captured the hearts of our Australian volunteers on a mission to Cavite, Philippines.

World Care Program

Five-year-old James from Cebu, Philippines was brought to Brisbane, Australia under Operation Smile Australia’s World Care Program in July 2017

Maria’s Bright Future

Maria knows what it is like to be different. To be laughed at, feared, chased and scorned. A life that no child should have to face.

A New Smile for Yi Miang.

When Happy, out-going Yi Miang was born with a cleft lip and palate his family was shocked, “how did this come from me?” his Mother Lu Gong’e asked herself. Gong’e has twin daughters who were born without clefts which made it hard for her to understand how this could have happened to Yi Miang.

The Story of Bui's Smile.

An energetic and chatty 3 year old, Bui loved preschool. Most times he paid no mind to his cleft lip while he played. But Bui’s classmates sometimes dealt him cruel reminders of his condition.

A Magical Mission: Ky Le Lights Up Vietnam for Volunteer Team

Many children were scared or shy when they arrived at the hospital on the day of the surgeries, but this little boy, named Ky Le, was not. Despite having been born with a cleft lip and palate, he was a bright and optimistic little boy. Our volunteers were delighted to learn that his name translates into English as “Magical”!

Never Lose Hope: Jessica's Story.
Papua New Guinea

Operation Smile Australia is known as a medical charity that provides children around the world with life-changing surgeries. However, there are some special cases, where we can also have an impact on the lives of adults. Jessica is one woman from Papua New Guinea that we had the privilege of supporting.

The Way Home: Enok’s Story

We all know how cleft lip and palate surgery can change the lives of children, they will not only have a brighter future, but also they will no longer face discrimination caused by their appearance. Enok’s story illustrates how the life of an adult is literally transformed after surgery.

Nothing is impossible: Lala’s “personal duty”

Lala's passion for Operation Smile’s work has helped to change many people’s lives in his region.

A New Smile in the Philippines: Joseph’s Story

When Joseph was born with a cleft lip and palate, his parents were scared for his future


"We strive for a world where no child suffers the risks and uncertainties of a facial deformity."

- Richard Lewandowski, Plastic Surgeon, Co-Founder Operation Smile Australia