Imagine a life-time of not being able to smile while, also, being bullied and tormented because of the way you looked due to a facial difference. This was the life of 25-year-old Enok of Ghana and the life many children face when born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. For 36 years, Operation Smile has been helping to spread smiles worldwide by providing safe, effective and timely surgery to children and adults born with a cleft lip or cleft palate.
World Smile Day is an awareness day held every year to spread smiles through acts of kindness. By sharing Enok’s story, Operation Smile hopes to spread more smiles and awareness to help more people like Enok gain the smile and dignity they deserve.
About Operation Smile: Operation Smile has provided hundreds of thousands of safe surgeries for those born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. With more than three decades of expertise, Operation Smile creates solutions that deliver free surgery to people where it’s needed most. As one of the largest medical volunteer-based nonprofits, Operation Smile has mobilized thousands of medical volunteers from a wide range of medical specialties from more than 80 countries. Operation Smile engages public-private partnerships to advance health care delivery, train local medical professionals to provide surgical care for patients in their communities, donate crucial medical equipment and supplies, and increase access to surgical care so that everyone living with cleft is treated. Visit www.operationsmile.org, find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
*Photo courtesy of Operation Smile