A Patient’s Story Write the name of the patient you are highlighting Operation Smile • Operation Smile is a children’s medical charity that sends 1000s of volunteers around the world to correct facial deformities like cleft lips and cleft palates. • Founded in 1982 by Dr. William Magee and his wife, Kathleen Magee. • Operation Smile has a presence in over 50 countries, and has performed surgery on over 150,000 patients. Cleft Lips & Cleft Palates • Cleft Lip – Opening in the lip, and sometimes upper jaw and/or upper gum • Cleft Palate – Opening in the roof of the mouth • Facts – Occur in about 1 out of 600 births – Has a negative effect on speaking, eating, drinking, nutrition, ear infections, and social interactions – Scientists are currently researching whether clefts can be prevented Operation Smile Patients • Write about the patient in the video: – What was the patient’s name? – Did he/she have a cleft lip or palate? – How did the patient get to the mission site? – Who came with the patient to the mission site? What were they like? – Discuss with your audience how you felt when you watched the patients on the mission, and also how they felt Patient’s Country • Provide information about the patient’s country. Research this information online or in a book. Rush & Operation Smile • Explain how you help Operation Smile through Rush It takes as little as 45 minutes and $240 to provide a child with surgery How will you help change a life forever?