90 New Smiles for the City of Port

We are glad that in April 2016 we had completed medical mission in Vizag. This is our third medical mission in the port city, Vizag. Mission kicked off with an inaugural session with the presence of dignitaries from Muthhoot Pappachan Foundation, Gitam Medical College, Mission Smile and medical and non medical volunteers and international volunteers. A total of 147 patients were screened at this mission site. All the patients went through various screening stations and 90 patients were found fit for surgery for their Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate and other facial deformities. Dr. Mani Batra, Field Medical Director and Anesthesia[…]

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New Smiles for Vapi

We are glad that another medical mission completed in Vapi (located in Gujarat). This was the first time, we went to Vapi.  The mission was organized at 21 Century Hospital in Vapi from 31st March- 6th April 2016. We thought that the most of patients in the mission would come from Gujarat. But, we were presently surprised that many of the children and adults came from neighboring state of Maharashtra. Around 26 patients who were suffering due to cleft and other facial deformities received surgeries in the mission. Children like Ganesh and Kunal who came from Mumbai went back with[…]

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Divine Smile keeps him coming back to Mission Smile

Subrata Ghosh, still has the photo of the child, he encountered at Mission Smile. He recalls the story of Master Hrishikesh Roy, 6 month old, who belongs to a very poor and underprivileged family came to Mission Smile outreach centre. It was June 2014, the child was brought to the Mission Smile by his parents.  Though the surgery was difficult for him due to his congenital heart disease & other life-risk ailments, but he was operated successfully and Hrishikesh got his healed Smile back. “The child gifted us with a really Divine Smile on recovery!  I felt as if, I[…]

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New Smile brings new dreams in her eyes

Shaima Mallik, 20, wanted to become a teacher.  She was very excited when admitted to a school of her village, North Karola in Howrah district. But Shaima could not even complete her primary school studies because of cruel ridicule by schoolmates. There was no option for her to get rid of bullying than to sit in the home. In fact, she has been bullied through out of her life by the villagers. When she was born, people of her village thronged her house to get a glimpse of her face. She was the first girl of her village who was[…]

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Smiling and relieved!

Turjo, 5 months old infant was born with Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate. Turjo is the only child of Tanmay Roy and Sadhana Roy. When Sadhana heard the news of her pregnancy, she was extremely happy. Both Tanmay and Sadhana were eagerly waiting for the day of their child’s birth. But their life was shattered when they saw their child’s face. It was very heartbreaking for them to see their child’s difficulties due to Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate. Turjo could not swallow his mother’s milk as the milk used to come out of his nose due to the missing[…]

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New Smile, New Transformation

Shefali was born with both Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate deformities, but she never knew that her daughter would also born with similar deformities. Satyajit and Shefali were heart-broken when their beautiful daughter Paramita was born with Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate. Though Shefali underwent the surgical process when she was kid, she knows the pain of living with this deformity. It was very difficult for Shefali and Satyajit to get right consultation for their child in jungle prone area like Sundarban. On the other hand, it also became difficult for Paramita to swallow her mother’s milk as the milk[…]

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“It all felt like a fairy story, every time I think of it I smile,” says Penny

Penny J Ridler Barton is an expat who recently contacted Mission Smile and became part the journey of Smile Miracles. While visiting Chowpatty beach in Mumbai, she found two children, Ganesh and Kunal, severely afflicted with cleft. Penny helped these unfortunate children to get their Smile back. We are glad to share Penny’s thoughtful letter with you. Here are excerpts of her journey of Smile Miracles in her own words: “My name is Penny. Originally from England, my husband and I have been expats for many years. This is my second stint in Mumbai and this time I have been[…]

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