Gift of Smile for Saptika

Saptika (10 months old) is the only child of Soumen Das and Priyanka Das of Majigara, a small village in North 24 Parganas of West Bengal. Saptika was born with Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate on the Bengali New Year’s Day. Though she was born with both cleft deformities, her laughter filled the home and she was a source of joy to the family.  The family accepted her as a gift of God. Saptika’s father asserts, “She is the most adorable girl in our village and she is also the most loved member in our family”. After her birth in[…]

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Raj’s Smile redeems his mother’s life

Raj Bauri (1 year old) is the only child of Nityananda Bauri and Kusum Bauri. They live in a village near Katwa town of West Bengal. He was born with cleft lip and his parents were very sad to see their only child born with this deformity. The neighbors and the relatives blamed Kusum for her negligence during pregnancy for Raj’s condition. Her relatives believe that pregnant woman should lie straight on bed without bending her hands and legs during the period of eclipse then the child in her womb does not get affected due to the transition of earth[…]

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Richa Jain’s Smile Story

Let us bring more Smiles! Richa Jain, Employee of Microsoft, New Delhi.  A dedicated and energetic team of doctors, nursing staffs, volunteers and program coordinators works together in Mission Smile to correct the deformity caused by Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate. Mission Smile is a Medical Charitable Trust which is providing comprehensive cleft care since 2002 in India. I had the opportunity to meet this team in action, cheering up the kids prior to surgery and the doctors working to achieve perfect surgery.  The kids and their families reflected nervousness and hopes for a better future. I have seen that due to lack of awareness regarding the corrective[…]

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Gowong Chouhan- An Indian Oil Smile Story

Gowong Chouhan is a cheerful nine year old child born with cleft lip. Born in a poor family in one of the remote villages of Karbi Anglong, Assam, he barely got the chance to visit school. His father, Dhanpal Chouhan is an agricultural labourer who works hard to make their daily ends meet. Tears rolled down his father’s eyes as he narrated us the story of his child’s struggles and plight. His birth was like a curse to the family. Facing humiliation everyday from neighbours and relatives, his parents tried every possible way to get his deformity cured, though not by[…]

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15,000 cleft surgeries completed in Assam

Mission smile has reached a step further to its vision of ‘Cleft Free Assam’ with the successful completion of 15,000 surgeries with the surgery of the patient Arab Bordoloi in Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care (GC4), MMC Hospital located in Panbazar, Guwahati, Assam on 7th March 2016. GC4 is a unique Public Private Partnership between the Govt. of Assam and Mission Smile where cleft surgeries are provided for free of cost with global standard. Arab Bordoloi, 2 years old child was born with cleft lip in a poor family from Karbianglong district of Assam. His father is a tempo driver by[…]

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