Smile Possible Initiative

Mobile Surgery International (MSI)

Deliver free surgery and care to all children who suffer needlessly with untreated cleft lip and cleft palate facial deformities throughout Mexico.

What It’s About

MSI provides free of charge cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries, along with all necessary aftercare, including dental needs, speech therapy, psychological counseling and ear, nose and throat consultation.

How It Works

  • Provide comprehensive surgical care for children suffering with cleft facial deformities
  • Utilize Mobile Surgical Hospitals to deliver care to underserved communities
  • Train local doctors and nurses so help can continue for generations

Who It Helps

Mainly Oaxaca locals but everyone in Mexico is welcome. Oaxaca is the third entity with the largest children in poverty, with more than one million minors in this condition. According to data from organizations, 1 in 700 people are born with Cleft Lip and Palate, and it is estimated that in Oaxaca, almost 5,000 people live with CLP.

Be a Force for Good

Meet The Patients

Meet Joana Luna

2 years old

20-month-old female patient from the region of Papaloapan, Mexico. Joana lives with her parents and two brothers. The mother is a housewife, and the father is the one who takes care of the family expenses, who works as a farmer, the economic income is minimal.

Meet Isaac Garduza

10 months old

A 10-month-old male patient from the city of Veracruz, Mexico.

MSI Impact

Gema is from San Agustin Loxicha, deep in the Sierra Sur Mountains of Oaxaca. Due to lack of access to safe, timely surgical care, she had to wait until age 13 before she received her transformative surgery.


Jeremy is a two-year-old patient, originally from Santo Domingo, Tehuantepec. He arrived in optimal conditions, undergoing cheiloplasty surgery, months later with a good evolution and follow-up. With the pediatrics and nutrition area, the surgery team performed the closure of the palate. He is currently in follow-up with the areas of dentistry, surgery, pediatrics and speech therapy.


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