Jesus is one of the 27 children who received the gift of surgery during the Smile Network’s mission in Ajijic, Mexico, thanks to the team of medical professionals, generous donors, and the staff at Riberia Medical Center. Every child is special, but meeting a child like Jesus tugs at your heartstrings in a profound way.

Life has not been easy for Jesus and his mom.

While pregnant, Jesus’s mom was told that her son might not survive due to encephalitis, but Jesus had other plans. As a single mom with limited support from her community, she faced many challenges. Before the surgery, Jesus avoided leaving the house because of bullying and had no friends due to his appearance.
But Jesus and his mom are fighters. Now, Jesus is embracing a new quality of life, filled with opportunities, and feels stronger than ever.