Creating Smiles,
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Austin Smiles Blog

Day 6 – Seeing Double

By Suzanne Chandler. Meet 37 year old Jennifer and Kimberly Zachary PACU nurses. They have been on five Mission trips. Three were in El Salvador and Two in Guatemala. They were recruited by friends to participate in the Austin Smiles Mission. Guess what they are...

Day 5 – Team Austin Smiles in Action

By Susan Chandler. All for one and one for all..... Yay team! Team Austin Smiles Guatemala 2018! See all of their coordinated efforts to make this mission possible! With the hands of precision The capabilities in the human hands are so fascinating.  See how these...

Day 4 – More Smiles and Blessings

By Suzanne Chandler. Alicia is with her dad. She comes with tears of joy! They traveled 18 kilometers to get her cleft palate repaired. Her father was unsure if they would be able to follow through because they were unable to pay for blood work. She lives in Alaia San...

Day 3- Mission Smiles!

Why is this mission crucial to Guatemala? Centro Moore is the only hospital in country that does not have access to free health services. They depend strictly on donations. Their services are 100% free of charge for the patient. They have an average waiting time of 6...

Day 2- The Day of clinic

81 registered patients with 56 evaluated.. Austin Smiles and It's medical team will operate on 12 patients a day! October 14, 2018 7 AM arrival The Austin Smiles Team Joins the Centro Moore Hospital and Shalom Foundation team! Hooray..... Upon entering the hospital...

Day 1

By Suzanne Chandler. Today October 13th, 2018 begins the 8h trip of Austin Smiles Medical mission of creating smiles and improving lives. The Austin Plastic Surgeon Foundation will assess 100 or so children with cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies and will...

The Mission Approaches its End

by John Paschal     It is 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, and the sun has risen on the overnight rooms at Hospital Militar Central.   In Habitacion 7-8, nine-month-old Karina Vasquez Perez is crying in the arms of her mother, Reyna, as soft white sunlight...

Day 2 — The Mission Continues

by John Paschal     It is 9 o’clock on Tuesday morning, and two-year-old Herminia de la Cruz is already a rock star.   True, the little girl in pigtails is not singing a power ballad in front of thousands of worshipful fans, nor is she freestyling on a...

Scenes from Day One

Photography by Kris Kennedy                             A handsome smile.               That's one tough cookie.     Plastic surgeon Dr. Mahlon Kerr...

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1 in 700 children are born with a cleft lip or palate

$250 covers the cost of one life-changing surgery

150 volunteers annually will change a child’s life forever

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Medical Mission Trips

Austin Smiles goes on 2-3 medical mission trips annually

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Our Local Services

Our local program support for children born with Cleft Lip and Palate in Texas

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