Smile Train Global Goodwill Ambassador, Christie Brinkley and her daughter Sailor recently had a #JourneyOfSmiles
to Smile Train’s partners in Haiti. Christie has been a dedicated ambassador for the past 10 years, so when the opportunity came to see the impact that her support has on cleft patients she jumped right on it. .
When the mother daughter pair arrived to Haiti they first stopped at Smile Train’s partner Hôpital Universitaire Justinien to meet baby Max who was born with a cleft lip. .
After meeting Max, Christie and Sailor had the chance to witness his cleft surgery first-hand. The two women expressed their admiration and gratitude towards the surgeons for being such heroes. Christie and Sailor mutually agreed that the highlight of the trip was seeing Max and his mother reunite after a successful surgery. .
Later, Christie and Sailor went to visit the home of former Smile Train patient Alcius to hear about his life after his cleft surgery. Christie shared, “Alcius, aka Mr. Personality, received his cleft surgery two years ago. Smile Train’s local surgeons created a million-dollar smile, which lights up his entire village. His family warmly invited us into his home and we were welcomed by most of the neighborhood. Smile Train is a legend here thanks to everyone’s generous support!”
See how Ever is now the most popular boy at his school thanks to the #PowerOfASmile
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This past weekend we lost a member of our Smile Train family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mohamed Samna's family as they grieve his sudden loss.
! Thank you to all the wonderful dads who put smiles on our faces.
When Smile Train partner surgeon Dr. Alex met Peter, he gave him a second chance in more ways than one. Not only did Dr. Alex perform Peter’s lifesaving cleft repair surgery, he also adopted him as his son. These heroic actions saved Peter from a tragic life in a home for disabled children – now both can head into the future smiling. #FathersDay
Renpuci was born with a cleft lip and palate in dangerous living conditions in the mountainous Tibetan village of Zhaxigang. .
Renpuci’s village is 13,000+ feet above sea level, so her family members were worried for her health in the cold temperatures, food scarcity, low oxygen levels, and a lack of medical facilities.
Right after Renpuci was born, her father searched for work that would help pay for cleft repair surgery while she was raised by her mother and grandmother. She grew up with her siblings by her side, defending her from any bullies. Until one unexpected day, when representatives from Hunan Children’s Hospital visited Zhaxigang and discovered Renpuci. .
Renpuci’s family was elated when they were told about the free cleft repair surgery.
After a long 50 hours of travel, Renpuci and the Hunan Children’s Hospital team arrived in Changsha. Her father, Gongga, and the team escorted Renpuci into the operating room while she remained fearless the entire time.
Two days after the cleft surgery, Professor Zhao Sijun delivered the good news that Renpuci could be released from the hospital, while noting that her beautiful new smile was healing perfectly. .
Renpuci and her family are forever grateful for everyone who helped provide her with a new future.
helped Osawa go from being a shy little boy, to the star of the soccer field! Swipe to see more.
Sharing some #MondayMotivation
from Smile Train India. What motivates you? Tell us below in the comments!
Did you know that Smile Train uses the “teach a man to fish” model to empower local doctors to provide cleft care in their own communities? Visit smiletrain.org to learn more.