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Thanh



Thanh
"Sut" means split lip and is a terrible name for a child. But for the first nine years of Thanh’s life that's what he was called by everyone in the village. Every day, the cleft lip he was born with caused him pain and humiliation. On his first day of school, the other children taunted him so mercilessly because of his disfigured mouth that he refused to go back. It seemed that his whole life would be ruined by this curse.

Then, Operation Smile came along. During the Mission to Vung Tau, Vietnam, Thanh received a new smile, new friends, and reclaimed his birth name, Thanh, which means, "Blue Sky." Thanh has returned to school and to life, and the future is filled with hope.


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