It is with heavy hearts that we would like to inform the Smile Train community of the passing of our partner surgeon Dr. Francisco Teixeira on May 29.
A kind and loving Smile Train partner for years, Dr. Teixeira dedicated his life to helping children in Fortaleza, Brazil. Through his partnership with Smile Train, Dr. Teixeira helped hundreds of children smile in Northern Brazil by giving them free cleft lip and palate surgeries. Not content to rest on his past successes, he often put his life on the line to travel far distances into the Amazonas to treat children in desperate need who would otherwise never be able to dream of a life without cleft. His passion and commitment to children that have been outcast from society remains an inspiration to us all.
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Francisco Teixeria’s family and loved ones and we know that his amazing legacy and smile will live on in the faces of all of the children and families he has helped.