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Jean and Sidonie had little hope of a healthy future for their two-year old daughter Elisa. Born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, Elisa’s family was overjoyed to learn they could receive the gift of free and safe surgery from Operation Smile during a medical mission. After her surgery Elisa’s sweet personality began to shine through. She loves pretending to cook for her family and neighbors. Elisa’s now a vibrant young girl with a beautiful smile and a brighter future. Having witnessed the life-changing power of Elisa’s new smile, Sidonie connects other children with cleft conditions in her village to Operation Smile so they can have the surgery they need and deserve.

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