"Be they Thai or foreign, rich or poor, the desperate gazes of the mothers who just want to heal their child remain the same everywhere, inspiring me and motivating me to be a medical volunteer for almost 20 years."
Dr. Apichai Angspatt, Medical Field Director
"In addition to helping patients with cleft lips and palates, we are also treating patients with syndactyly (webbed fingers) and polydactylyl (protruding fingers) problems enabling them to function properly. We come together to exchange techniques, knowledge and experience gained from missions and our work."
Dr. Thiti Chaovanalikit, Plastic Surgeon, Lerdsin Hospital
“The most rewarding part for me is seeing the difference on the mother’s face from the first day to the day she is leaving the hospital with her child that is normal, you will see the light of happiness in her eyes as she walks out.”
Dr. Pornthep Pungrasmi, Plastic Surgeon, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital
“By watching the mothers’ delightful smiles while seeing their kids after operations, bringing me tremendous happiness”
Dr. Krit Sirimaharaj – Plastic Surgeon
"A lot of time and money is needed for Operation Smile Thailand to organize a surgical mission overseas. But it was worth it to see the look of pure happiness on the Nepali parents’ faces as well as being able to observe how advanced our own medical services have come."
Dr. Tanasit Kangkorn, Plastic Surgeon, Chonburi Hospital
"Participating in missions and being able to help patients feel better is the most rewarding part for me."
Dr. Kasemsak Pyungtanasup, Plastic Surgeon, Klang Hospital
"When joining the Operation Smile Thailand team I knew I would have the opportunity to help a lot of patients and contribute to society. As a professional Operation Smile missions also offer me the chance to work with and learn from respected colleagues, including professors at the top of their field.”
Dr. Chayamote Chayangsu - Plastic Surgeon
"I have joined Operation Smile Thailand as a volunteer several times. I feel great helping these disadvantaged children whose parents are impoverished. The smiles of the children and their parents after surgery make me want to come back to help again and again."
Khun Wandee Boonsom - Ward Nurse
"I want to help children have normal lives like other children. Joining Operation Smile Thailand as a volunteer makes me feel valued. Whenever I feel exhausted or discouraged, I see the smiles of the children and their parents. All my bad feelings disappear and I feel only joy for them.
Khun Porntipa Puttanuntaopas – Ward Nurse
“As a nurse I normally take care of many sick children. I never want see them suffer. As a volunteer for Operation Smile Thailand I have an opportunity to help even more children and this really makes me feel great. When I see them getting better, and smile, I feel even better. Also, I feel very good to help indigent children in upcountry because my hometown is in upcountry as well.”
Khun Sumalee Pingwang – Ward Nurse
Suwit Nangam – Operating Room Nurse
"Normally I get paid for doing this work in Bangkok. As an Operation Smile Thailand volunteer of course I don’t get any money but I do feel richer. And I think: What if I do not come and no-one else volunteers? What would happen to these poor children?"
Suwit Nangam – Operating Room Nurse
"I have worked with the Operation Smile Thailand but have never participated as a volunteer. This year I will retire but I am still strong enough to help other people. I then decided to join"
Khun Jirawan Saprasert – Operating Room Nurse
“The very first reason I joined Operation Smile as a volunteer was simply that I wanted to do something good. I feel I am a more valuable member of society being able to give something back. As a person who does not want for anything I am proud that I can contribute to other people’s lives."
Khun Nareerat Chiumenti – Physical Image Technician
"I love to volunteer. When I first had the opportunity to join Operation Smile Thailand my experience was such that I desired to do more and more. The chance to help others does not come along very often so I did my best."
Khun Jirada Bovornthamajak - Physical Image Technician (PIT)
Operation Smile Thailand relies on the generosity of its supporters to change lives, one smile at a time.