How Ajgari’s Life Took a Turn from ‘Cleft’ to ‘Smile’

Cleft is often neglected in the poor and slum areas of India. The chief reason being the high expense of plastic surgery and associated treatments and therapies needed to cure cleft lip and cleft palate deformities. Also, a sad reality is the little or no access to proper medical care which adds to the lack of awareness among people affected by cleft deformities. We met Ajgari Khatun through our friendly associate Hemley Gonzalez who runs Responsible Charity, an NGO dedicated to empowering families out of poverty in slum communities and villages in India. It was our friend Hemley who contacted[…]

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Mission Smile launches Comprehensive Cleft Lip and Palate Care Centre

Fortis Medical Research Institute (FMRI), in collaboration with Fortis Foundation and Mission Smile have joined hands to launch a Comprehensive Clinic for Cleft Lip, Palate and other facial deformities for children born with congenital deformity. The comprehensive cleft care services include services of Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Pediatricians, Speech Therapists, ENT Specialists, Child life psychologists, and Dental/orthodontists.Under the joint initiative, free surgeries to children from less privileged sections will be provided to help overcome their condition and help them live a normal childhood. These children will also be given free speech therapy sessions, after the surgery. The clinic was launched by Nandana Sen,[…]

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Sajit’s Cleft Surgery Became the Turning Point of His Life

We saw Sajit Alam, the 5-month old baby, for the first time during the screening of our Siliguri Surgical Camp. The little baby was the unfortunate victim of cleft lip from birth. His parents had a meager monthly income of Rupees Seven Thousand only and the family struggled to make ends meet. They knew that surgery could treat the facial deformity of their beloved son –Sajit, but owing to its high cost of surgery, it was impossible for them to even think about the surgery! When interviewed by our program coordinator Subhankar Saha, Sajit’s mother unveiled the challenges her family[…]

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Little Sibu’s Smile Changed his Family’s Fate Forever

The crucial period of 9 months – carrying and experiencing a growing life inside a womb is undoubtedly the most exciting journey for couples. Joy and Supriya Maity too were eagerly waiting to see their third child. However, they were shocked to find their baby boy Sibu born with cleft lip and palate deformities. We first met Sibu, the 9-month old baby boy at our recently launched Kolkata Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (KC4). We were heart-broken to see such a cute child suffering from acute difficulties of cleft since birth. Little Sibu’s plight made us even more resolute in our[…]

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8-day old Asraful Finds Hope at Cleft Nutrition Program in GC4

Asraful Ali, an 8-day old infant is brought to GC4 from Chenga block of Barpeta by his mother and grandmother. He is wailing, and the reason we soon discover, is hunger. Due to his cleft, the mother is not being able to feed the baby well. Moromi, the Nutrition Counsellor, mixes some formula in a bowl and feeds the baby with a spoon- immediately peace prevails. Too young to be given surgery, Asraful is inducted into the Too Young category of the Cleft Nutrition programme. The objective of this is to ensure that the care-givers can provide counseling on feeding[…]

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