Ellen Day, one of our long time nursing volunteers passed away at the General Hospital in Ensenada on August 4, 2019. Ellen lived in Ensenada for around 30 years and was very active in the community. She was a big part of Thousand Smiles and NorCal dental/medical clinics over the last 20 years. Prior to moving to Ensenada, she was a nurse in the U.S. Navy. She will be greatly missed in our community.
Thousand Smiles Foundation provides life-saving surgeries and related health care for FREE to underserved children so that they can eat properly, speak normally, be more accepted in their communities to live normal lives.
Before Surgery in May 2018
After Her First Surgery in August 2018
Amara with Arm Restraints
Amara with arm restraints that will keep her from putting her hands to her mouth, after her second surgery in August. Watch her progression as she grows and continues to have more improvements.
Amara’s third surgery November 2018
Amara’s 4th surgery
Amara at 2yrs old
Ahley is two years old and has already had 3 surgeries to correct her cleft lip. She will have several more while she is with us to correct problems inside her mouth, straighten her teeth, and will work with a speech pathologist.
Cesar is 25 years old. He has been with us since he was an infant. You can’t really tell that he had a double cleft lip as a baby. He is working and attending college working towards a degree in computer science.
Kayla is 8 year old. She too had a cleft lip. She’s only needed 1 surgery so far, but will receive more dental and orthodontia as she grows. She is an orphan who lives with her grandmother.
Josue is 16 years old, oldest of 3 boys in the family. He came to TSF with a cleft palate/lip as a baby. He has had 6 surgeries to repair the clefts and plastic surgery to reshape his nose. He will continue to be treated until his teeth and nose are as perfect as we can make him.