Milagros Finishes Strong

How Smile Train helped a girl who nearly didn't survive infancy grow to become queen of the rink.

When Milagros was born, her cleft made it impossible for her to feed and she became dangerously underweight.

Her parents worried she wouldn't survive past infancy, especially as hospital after hospital turned them away for their lack of ability to pay. Then they discovered Smile Train partner Asociación PIEL, right down the street from them in Buenos Aires.

Today, Milagros is queen of the skating rink. Smile Train donors made her transformation possible. Thanks to their investments in the sustained, local cleft care she needed to thrive, including surgery, orthodontics, speech therapy, and so much more, Milagros now knows that even when life gets off to a wobbly start, she has what it takes to stick the landing.