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Stories

Deron’s Story

Every moment has been a surprise for Rachelle since the birth of her first born son: Deron.

Deron, a beautiful and energetic 2 year old, began an unexpected journey in Rachelle’s life. Looking forward to a normal pregnancy, Rachelle never saw the challenges coming her way. All her prenatal scans had shown up normal, with almost no indication of a cleft or an extra chromosome.

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Khadijia’s Story

After months of prayers, two nights in labour, and 35 minutes before her mother’s birthday ended, baby Khadija arrived. This baby was indeed special.

As Aishabi held her precious baby, many questions swam in her head: Would the baby be fine? How will we feed her? Will the gap in the roof of her mouth heal on its own?

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Dr. Eeva’s Story

It was the last day of the July 2021 medical mission in the UAE. Some of the medical volunteers, students, and coordinators had gathered in the staff room after a tiring but rewarding day. Someone suggested playing a game of I-spy-with-my-little-eye. The most enthusiastic player was, of course, Dr. Eeva.

Dr. Eeva-Liisa, more popularly known as simply Dr. Eeva, joined Operation Smile UAE’s medical team in 2012. Since then, she has been contributing to the organisation with her arsenal of experience and her never-ending, lighthearted jokes.

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Two Thumbs Up

After nine years of living with a cleft lip, Bipul wasn’t going to let anything keep him from reaching Operation Smile’s medical mission in Durgapur.

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Realizing an Unexpected Future

Believing that she was the only person living with a cleft lip, Siham never imagined that she would have a happy future.

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This Aunt’s Love for Her Nephew Prevails

When her sister abandoned her son Kelvin after he was born with a cleft lip, Felicia adopted her nephew and began his journey to care in Ghana.

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