World Kindness Day Story

Lisbeth before surgery, 6 months old

Lisbeth before surgery, 6 months old

Two years ago, Lynn Macaulay was volunteering in El Salvador when she met a young couple whose daughter, Lisbeth, was born with a cleft lip and palate. Lisbeth’s parents couldn’t afford cleft surgery, or any of the other related medical expenses. Lynn decided to take action and find a way to get young Lisbeth the surgery she needed.

After raising money in her community, Lynn reached out to the local government and nonprofits who suggested that she contact Smile Train. Smile Train’s Regional Manager of the Americas, Pam Sheeran, explained that Smile Train works with local cleft teams around the world and provides them with grants so that families like Lisbeth’s don’t have to pay for such care.

Lynn was thrilled to hear that baby Lisbeth would be able to receive the surgery, and she insisted that she donate the amount needed to cover the costs of Lisbeth’s surgery, and help others in the area. Thanks to Lynn’s generosity, and desire to help, Lisbeth is now a happy and healthy two-year-old. She has had both her surgeries and now is able to properly eat solid food, and of course, smile.

Lisbeth after surgery, 2 years old

Lisbeth after surgery, 2 years old

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