Every three minutes, a baby is born with a cleft, and if left untreated can result in a range of potentially life-threatening conditions including difficulty eating, breathing, hearing and speaking. For the last 21 years, Smile Train has supported free cleft surgeries and essential treatment, transforming the lives of more than 1.5 million children globally.
They recently caught up with their former patients to learn how their lives have changed since their Smile Train-supported cleft surgery. Meet the formerly shy and reclusive Osawa who has grown into a star student, surrounded by his many friends.
Osawa was our millionth patient. Such a milestone for Smile Train, but more importantly, we were able to transform Osawa’s life by giving him the gift of a smile. It’s because of our donors that we are able to accomplish so much. Soon we will be celebrating our two millionth patient and Osawa will be standing right beside us to share his incredible journey to inspire each and every patient we will serve in the future.