Feelgood video of the day

posted at 6:45 pm on September 20, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via WaPo. Not our usual fare, but we need a palate cleanser and literally everyone who’s watched this loves it to bits. Trust me. Take three minutes.

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You did it Blake. Good call.

Again, great folks at Operation Smile and what a little cutie. Before and after.

hawkdriver on September 20, 2011 at 6:48 PM

I saw this last night and it was truly wonderful to watch. Anyone looking for a worthy charity? This is it!

Connie on September 20, 2011 at 6:48 PM

You mean palate fixer.

John the Libertarian on September 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Great tune too. “Everything around her is a silver pool of light …”

hawkdriver on September 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Tears….

idesign on September 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM

The Docs in this group are truly amazing. They really give these kids a life, just the best.

tim c on September 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Cool. Reminds me of the video of the baby hearing his mom’s voice for the first time when they turn on the hearing aid.

Compare and contrast the ending with the eye doctors that went to North Korea. As each person in the room had their bandages taken off, some were seeing for the first time in years, they ran up to praise… not the doctors and nurses, but their Dear Leader Kim Jong Il. It was pretty nauseating.

WitchDoctor on September 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Aw hell, that little girl’s smile can wipe out a week’s worth of dread from what PBHO is doing to America. She is really a little cutie.

Bishop on September 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

We love operation smile in our house. My 10 year old at the time got into raising money for it. She looks so grateful in this..

Republican Yogi on September 20, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Killjoy: Georgia to execute innocent man tomorrow

mythicknight on September 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

WTF? Really?

Ed or Allah, just this once could you delete this one stupid comment?

I’ve never once in 5 years called for someone to be banned, but this SOB should go.

hawkdriver on September 20, 2011 at 6:58 PM

WitchDoctor on September 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Saw that. How weird man.

Akzed on September 20, 2011 at 6:59 PM

hawkdriver on September 20, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Second.

Akzed on September 20, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Love it! Thanks for posting this, Allahpundit.

bloggless on September 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Operation Smile
***************

http://www.operationsmile.org/

canopfor on September 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Absolutely Beautiful.

canopfor on September 20, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Very good post Allah!..She is a cutie for sure..:)

Dire Straits on September 20, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Great tune too. “Everything around her is a silver pool of light …”

hawkdriver on September 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM

hawkdriver:Yes,amen on that Hawk:)

canopfor on September 20, 2011 at 7:03 PM

mythicknight on September 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

You are a sad person. I’ve been removing the negative, sorry people from my life recently. Seeing your post is like seeing an old ‘friend’….yeesh.

bridgetown on September 20, 2011 at 7:03 PM

I really have to clean all this dust off of my key board…

(sniff with a big smile)

Seven Percent Solution on September 20, 2011 at 7:03 PM

A beautiful little girl, before and after. No surgery can expose internal beauty that was there all along. So happy for her.

carbon_footprint on September 20, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Great, that’s all the world needs, another good looking chick who won’t give the beta males the time of day.

Where’s the justice?

keep the change on September 20, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Seven Percent Solution on September 20, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Then you haven’t a prayer of making it thought the video at the top of the Operation Smile homepage that Canopfor just linked too.

Happy and sad all at the same time. Good thing momma was downstairs.

hawkdriver on September 20, 2011 at 7:07 PM

hawkdriver on September 20, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Third.

carbon_footprint on September 20, 2011 at 7:07 PM

hawkdriver on September 20, 2011 at 6:58 PM

3RD!!!!!

lovingmyUSA on September 20, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Smiled and cried simultaneously. Awesome video.

nickj116 on September 20, 2011 at 7:09 PM

AP made me cry again.

Thanks man.

Great video!

ButterflyDragon on September 20, 2011 at 7:09 PM

carbon…

lovingmyUSA on September 20, 2011 at 7:09 PM

mythicknight on September 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Don’t be a dick.

ButterflyDragon on September 20, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Now if we could only do something about the fricking commercials!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to turn the volume down all the time I come to this site….grrr

lovingmyUSA on September 20, 2011 at 7:10 PM

To see and be seen, both physically and metaphorically, is so integral to being human, so that without these doctors she might have been relegated to a life where people look away.

Paul-Cincy on September 20, 2011 at 7:10 PM

What a beautiful baby girl!! Bless her heart! God Bless the doctors who made her perfect!

Oink on September 20, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Thanks AP.

Vince on September 20, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Not fair. I’m at work, for goodness sake. Staring at the wall, hoping nobody will notice…

peski on September 20, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Not the first to say this, but boy is she beautiful. And boy, this room is getting dusty!

Thanks AP for the video!

beancounter on September 20, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Gawd I love putting the right words into a googly searcheroo!!
—————————————————————

Commander US 7TH Fleet
======================

Operation Smile Creates Smiles with USNS Mercy in Cambodia
***********************************************************

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eddie Harrison
Posted: June 22, 2010
**********************

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia – Doctors and volunteers from the non-governmental organization Operation Smile embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) June 17.

Operation Smile personnel will perform surgeries over a six-day period, ranging from cleft lip and cleft palate repair to addressing facial and burn scars in support of Pacific Partnership 2010.

Before the Cambodian leg of the Pacific Partnership 2010 mission began, Operation Smile pre-screened more than 130 children and adults with cleft lips, cleft palates, and other facial deformities, to select patients for reconstructive surgeries.

“We have brought a full medical team of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses,” said Scott Snyder, Operation Smile’s program coordinator.
“We will be performing around 20 to 25 surgeries a day and we are hoping to see about 80 patients during the next four days.”

The Operation Smile team aboard Mercy brings together people of many countries and backgrounds. For this effort, the team is made up of 47 members from Cambodia, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, and United States, working as a whole to complete these surgeries and help the Cambodian patients in need.

“It’s great for us to be working aboard (Mercy),” said Snyder. “We usually work in government hospitals in developing countries and sometimes the facilities aren’t that great. We have come aboard with the Navy, and it’s like working in one of the best hospitals in the U.S.”

Operation Smile has been conducting missions with the Navy since 2006 and started participating in Pacific Partnership in the 2008.

While most of its efforts concentrate on the delivery of surgical care, Operation Smile engages in subject matter expert exchanges – even within its own organization.

“I really wanted to go on this trip,” said Brenda O’Brien, an Operation Smile volunteer from Ireland, when she discovered Operation Smile would be participating in Pacific Partnership 2010. “I am looking forward to seeing the techniques from the different surgeons from all the different countries.”
(more……………….)

http://www.c7f.navy.mil/news/2010/06-june/35.htm

canopfor on September 20, 2011 at 7:16 PM

AP, you’re making lose my image here. I’m not supposed to cry.

SlaveDog on September 20, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Good for her. Kudos to doc’s and nurses that do this.

Hummer53 on September 20, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Saw this in the headlines but you can’t see it enough. Thanks, AP for showing us a real cutie.

Cindy Munford on September 20, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Operation Smile is one of my favorite charities. It makes such a difference in children’s lives. A cleft palate causes eating and speaking difficulties. It is obvious from the video that the emotional impact of reconstructive surgery is a major plus.

Right now until October 31, contributions can be double matched. The impact of support triples. Donate online at http://www.SmileTrain.org.

onlineanalyst on September 20, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Now if we could only do something about the fricking commercials!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to turn the volume down all the time I come to this site….grrr

lovingmyUSA on September 20, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Dear friend, download firefox for free.
Then download firefox add, AdBlock for free.
Then, never see nor hear another ad on any site ever again.

Bonus: firefox rocks.

carbon_footprint on September 20, 2011 at 7:20 PM

AP, you’re making lose my image here. I’m not supposed to cry.

SlaveDog on September 20, 2011 at 7:18 PM

That’s “making me”. The screen got kind of blurry.

SlaveDog on September 20, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Her entire life will be different now!

INC on September 20, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Wow, thanks for posting that, it was good for the soul! And Kleenex sales.

scalleywag on September 20, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Big hearts took them there; heartbreak took them back.

Since their first medical mission to the Philippines in 1982, Bill and Kathy Magee have made hundreds more similar trips to dozens of countries, changing the lives of children around the world.

Kudos to our fellow Americans who, because they cared, founded Operation Smile.

INC on September 20, 2011 at 7:23 PM

OperationSmile and SmileTrain are the same organizations. The doctors and health-support teams that do the work are God’s hands touching lives.

onlineanalyst on September 20, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Paul-Cincy on September 20, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Even alone and not suffering the anguish of looking different, the mechanics of their mouths I’m sure is a bit of torture in itself. Talking, eating would certainly be a chore. I’m sitting here still sniffing like an idiot because I watched another video from the page that Canopfor linked to. The bullet on the one says that the operation can take as little as 45 minutes. Amazing. And amazing with what the severity of the deformity of the little girl above was; extending into her upper gum and I’m sure her soft palate. And one day later she’s up and walking and trying to smile. If you watch the video on their page about their trip to China, they show an old man that they operated on too.

Geez, I have to go. I’ve got a good place to send the spare hawkdollars to though.

hawkdriver on September 20, 2011 at 7:24 PM

mythicknight on September 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Turd says what?

Dr Evil on September 20, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Operation Smile
***************

http://www.operationsmile.org/

canopfor on September 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Yep. Those are the people who did it, apparently.

amerpundit on September 20, 2011 at 7:27 PM

I stand corrected. OperationSmile and SmileTrain are two different organizations, but both are dedicated to the same good work.

onlineanalyst on September 20, 2011 at 7:33 PM

OperationSmile and SmileTrain are the same organizations. The doctors and health-support teams that do the work are God’s hands touching lives.

onlineanalyst on September 20, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Actually, not anymore. According to the Wikipage, their plan to merge was aborted. Here‘s a NYT story on it.

amerpundit on September 20, 2011 at 7:34 PM

This video should be marked NSFW, but for a different reason.

pedestrian on September 20, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Right now until October 31, contributions can be double matched. The impact of support triples. Donate online at http://www.SmileTrain.org.

onlineanalyst on September 20, 2011 at 7:19 PM

onlineanalyst:Thanks for the link,I found this,from that site,
on the docmentry,Smile Pinki”!

http://www.smilepinki.com/

Heres the Documentry:)

Smile Pinki – Documentation (46:57)
(English sub-titles)
************************************

5-yr old girl pinki from a poor family in mirzapur, india with cleft lip met pankaj, a social worker who registers her to hospital for free… with just one operation, her life has changed.. subsequently to thousands of patients… this change her life to a smile..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMILt1aBR-Q

canopfor on September 20, 2011 at 7:36 PM

canopfor on September 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM
Yep. Those are the people who did it, apparently.

amerpundit on September 20, 2011 at 7:27 PM

amerpundit:Thanks to Hawkdriver for mentioning the organization!:)

canopfor on September 20, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Canopfor: great link, thanks for that!
Mythicknight: go to hell.

bernzright777 on September 20, 2011 at 7:42 PM

misanthropic cynicism gone…

equanimous on September 20, 2011 at 7:44 PM

There are lots of good organizations doing marvelous things for children all over the world. I have personally met a 4 year-old from The Dominican Republic who had been in the states at Omaha Children’s Hospital gratis for over a year receiving treatment after open heart surgery and a Haitian teen who was being treated at Shriner’s hospital for his brittle bone disease. Also completely free of charge.

You CANNOT tell me that these kids would be helped by government sponsored health care programs. The bureaucrats wouldn’t let them in.

Lily on September 20, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Having such an operation done myself as an infant, for a cleft lip and palate, I marvel at what might have been for me in another country – and wonder with joy what now will be for this little girl.

There are probably few other ways to have as great a positive effect on another person. Hooray for all the doctors, nurses, and others that make it possible.

robm on September 20, 2011 at 7:56 PM

OperationSmile and SmileTrain are the same organizations. The doctors and health-support teams that do the work are God’s hands touching lives.

onlineanalyst on September 20, 2011 at 7:23 PM

They are not the same. In early 2011 they were supposed to merge but did not. I may be wrong though and this is no knock on Smile Train, but the article is about Operation Smile which I do know from experience is an excellent charity.

arnold ziffel on September 20, 2011 at 8:00 PM

OMG! *sniffles* That was definitely a picker-upper with all the krap going on. Thanks AP! *sniffle* *BIG smile*

sicoit on September 20, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Did mythicknight get banned, or was it just the one comment that was deleted? I keep a “rogue’s gallery” of banning moments. Not sure that posting was ban-worthy, but I do agree that it was (1) off-topic and (2) badly timed.

Mary in LA on September 20, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Awesome video.

CW on September 20, 2011 at 8:05 PM

I wish I was a doctor!!

ctmom on September 20, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Wow… I cried like a little girl…

I think I just found this years charity.

Ampersand on September 20, 2011 at 8:11 PM

How many prayers did that little girl send heavenward?

Then God sent in the doctors…

Yoop on September 20, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Mary in LA on September 20, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Neither, it lives on at 6:52 p.m., stupid doesn’t usually get you banned.

Cindy Munford on September 20, 2011 at 8:26 PM

hawkdriver on September 20, 2011 at 7:24 PM

My cousin was born with a cleft lip and palate. When his teeth started coming in, there were twice as many as a person should have. I have no idea what went so terribly wrong with his mouth, but when he had the surgeries to correct these things, they were true life-changers. God bless these surgeons with their steady hands and open hearts.

DrMagnolias on September 20, 2011 at 8:30 PM

What a beautiful girl! Thanks for sharing this. :)

Shiny_Tiara on September 20, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Operation Smile performs such beautiful work.

Thanks for sharing this video.

Lourdes on September 20, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Yes.. thanks so much for posting this! What a wonderful story! these people are doing so much good!

Just such a wonderful heartwarming video! God bless all these people!

JellyToast on September 20, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Doctors Without Borders is another organization that provides and performs miraculous work for others.

Also Vets Without Borders for our other-species friends in need.

Lourdes on September 20, 2011 at 9:11 PM

That was the best three minutes of my day.

NebCon on September 20, 2011 at 9:42 PM

That was the best three minutes of my day.

NebCon on September 20, 2011 at 9:42 PM

It’s like.. this is what life is really all about. It all just melts away… all the corruption, noise, lies and chatter…. all melts away as nothing compared to a happy little smile on a little girls face who just got a little miracle in her life from some wonderful caring people!

JellyToast on September 20, 2011 at 9:51 PM

JellyToast on September 20, 2011 at 9:51 PM

That was very nice and well said.

arnold ziffel on September 20, 2011 at 10:00 PM

The last time I cried like this Obummer was standing in front of styrofoam columns

malkinmania on September 20, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Thanks, AP.

Rode Werk on September 20, 2011 at 10:18 PM

I bet a Death panel would reject this surgery as medically not needed

malkinmania on September 20, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Thank you for that, Allah. Beautiful little girl. Great video.

ncjetsfan on September 20, 2011 at 11:02 PM

My God, what a great cause this is. I hope they will get many dollars from this video. They will certainly get some of mine.

TXUS on September 20, 2011 at 11:34 PM

DrMagnolias on September 20, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Just amazing huh, Doc.

hawkdriver on September 21, 2011 at 12:20 AM

I’m saving a copy of that video.

hawkdriver on September 21, 2011 at 12:20 AM

Another way that you can help these beautiful cleft affected children is to send cleft bottles to orphanages through great organizations like http://www.lovewithoutboundaries.com/

My daughter whom we adopted a year ago from China was cleft affected and weighed just under 15 pounds at 15 months of age. Within the first two weeks of having her placed in our arms and using a cleft bottle. She grew two inches and put on 1 1/2 pounds. Her hair also grew almost 1/2 inch. It was amazing to see the difference that nutrition can make in child’s life.

Many cleft babies in third world countries suffer severe malnutrition and often die from not being able to get enough nutrition in their first year. If cleft bottles are not available and they are not in most developing countries including China,these children are given milk with a spoon or an eye dropper which is very time consuming and difficult.

These bottles save these sweet children’s lives until these amazing doctors or others like them can come and help them with their skill and love.

Here is just a small way that you can help save lives and make a huge difference with a small amount of money.

I loved this video and I am so glad that re-posted it.

Willow on September 21, 2011 at 4:07 AM

Nah…hated it. Hated it so much I cried.

SKYFOX on September 21, 2011 at 6:21 AM

It’s like.. this is what life is really all about. It all just melts away… all the corruption, noise, lies and chatter…. all melts away as nothing compared to a happy little smile on a little girls face who just got a little miracle in her life from some wonderful caring people!

JellyToast on September 20, 2011 at 9:51 PM

+100

inviolet on September 21, 2011 at 6:26 AM

I was too emotional to comment on this last night, and am tearing up again just looking at the lead picture.

She was a sweet and beautiful child before the surgery, and now her face shows it, too.

Siddhartha Vicious on September 21, 2011 at 6:27 AM

Hmmm, it’s a little dusty in here.

What a great charity!

Pablo Snooze on September 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I’m saving a copy of that video.

hawkdriver on September 21, 2011 at 12:20 AM

How you save a YouTube video? I used to be able to but YT keeps throwing out roadblocks.

malkinmania on September 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM

I’ve watched this now at least 40 times (not counting all the times I’ve rewound the last minute or so) cried and laughed each and every time (ever seen a 6’3″ 250# rugby player laugh and cry at the same time?), put it on my FB page, put it out on Twitter, embedded it on http://savagerepublican.blogspot.com/ , emailed it out and shown it on my Android phone and here at work.
Oh, and sent the link to myself on my Android so I can show it in a heartbeat and made if a “favorite” on my Youtube account.
Other than than that, just another video link…:P.
Thanks Allah.

Amendment X on September 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Here

hawkdriver on September 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM

hawkdriver on September 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Thanks, Hawk — you rawk! :-)

Mary in LA on September 21, 2011 at 2:50 PM

I asked Mr. PPF if that was Heinz Ward b/c he looks like a dead ringer, but he said no; looks a lot like him but it’s not him.

ProudPalinFan on October 2, 2011 at 9:43 AM