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A child is born with a cleft lip or palate every 3 minutes. In privileged families, the defect is usually corrected shortly after by a relatively simple and inexpensive surgery.
But many families around the world can't afford the surgery, so the children are born into an extraordinarily difficult life.
"Those with the disorder can't speak or eat properly and are often malnurished. In some areas many children live in isolation, completely shunned by their communities.
One in 10 babies born with a cleft will die before reaching their first birthday. Those that do live past this milestone often have problems with speech development—even prevented from attending school."
Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided over 200,000 free, safe surgeries to children and young adults with facial deformities thanks to donations and dedicated medical volunteers.
Every $240 will give a child the ability to smile.
To find out more, go to www.operationsmile.org
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