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It is estimated that, worldwide, a child is born every three minutes with a cleft condition — about one in every 500 to 750 births. From difficulty nursing and malnutrition to frequent ear infections and hearing loss, many individuals born with a cleft condition endure a lifetime of medical issues and illness. Some have difficulty speaking, leading to social isolation and bullying.

That’s why, for nearly 40 years, Operation Smile has worked to bring comprehensive cleft care to those who need it most.

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