A Cleft Child Sold at Birth

This is the poignant story of Dev Deka, a cleft lip and palate child born to Pinky Deka of Nalbari district of Assam, on  2nd October, 2012. Pinky and her husband (name not available) were very depressed and dejected when their child was born with both cleft lip and palate. They came to know about Operation Smile from the local ASHA worker and Pinky brought Dev to the Operation Smile India Guwahati Centre on 25th January 2013. After screening, Dev was enrolled in the “Too Young for Surgery” program at the Centre. On 4th April, 2013, at 7 months of[…]

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17 years wait for a Cleft Free Life!!

Debolina Chowdhury, a quiet soft spoken 17 year old girl stays at Sreerampore with her father Tapas Chowdhury, a middle aged sober gentleman. He earns a very paltry sum in the month, being in-charge of a promoter’s building materials in his locality. When there is work he is employed else his means of living is strained and uncertain. But Debolina, whose mother probably left them at a very tender age, is just happy with her father. When she was 1½ month old she had her first surgery for her cleft and palate correction in a nearby centre and a follow-up[…]

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