From Patient to Caregiver: Angieleca Hayahay's Story

She's a highly sought-out nurse who uses her own experiences to comfort cleft patients and their families.

Angel checks IV bag

Angieleca was refused a job at a call center because of that company‚Äôs strict anti-cleft hiring policy.

Angel comforts patient

But Angieleca persevered and became a nurse in 2009, working with Philippine Band of Mercy, the very same people who, with the help of Smile Train, repaired her cleft and inspired her to become a nurse.

Angel helps cleft patients after surgery

Angieleca has become a highly sought nurse who uses her own experiences to comfort cleft patients and their families.

Angel holds image of herself before cleft lip surgery

 

Our impact in the Philippines

as of February 2023

64,000+

cleft surgeries sponsored since 2001

80+

active partner surgeons

125+

active partner hospitals