Maraba, Brazil

Dr. Marconi Delmiro, a Brazilian Smile Train partner surgeon, and Mariane Goes, Smile Train’s Program Manager, traveled to Maraba to perform free cleft lip and palate surgery for children.  Despite the apparent need for medical assistance, Smile Train has been unable to perform surgeries in Maraba due to ill-equipped hospitals, lack of sanitation, and lack of clean medical apparel.  With a fresh set of FIGS and a clean hospital, Dr. Delmiro was able to perform surgeries on children who have been waiting years for a new smile.  Dr. Delmiro visits the Instituto Sorriso Legal (ISL) frequently to train and assist local doctors to increase the number of smiles created in Maraba, Brazil.