Life-Changing ‘Smile’- A Gift To Little Taiba

Cleft lip and cleft palate deformities are treatable. With proper treatment, which involves cleft rectification surgery and proper nutrition under medical guidance, cleft deformities can transform into perfect ‘smiles’. However, due to lack of awareness about cleft, inadequate financial condition of the affected person and moreover the social stigma associated with cleft, even today, the struggle of a cleft person remains unheard.  Particularly, the plight of children who are affected by cleft lip and palate deformities are even pathetic. Cleft babies cannot feed properly. They require a special feeding bottle, moreover, most of the children are from economically weaker section[…]

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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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Gifting Israd the Smile She Deserved

The five year old’s battle with cleft wasn’t an easy one! Giving Israd Banu the smile she deserved was a beautiful experience for the entire team of Mission Smile at Siliguri. After being interviewed by our Program Coordinator Subhankar Saha, we came to know about the hardships the child and her family had to face in the past years. Unaware of cleft, Israd’s parents were shocked to find their baby with such a deformity. Her mother narrated about her experience when she saw her baby for the first time. The joy immediately turned into grief and the fear about the[…]

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Siliguri Surgery Camp – 42 Smiles Delivered in Just 6 Days!

Cleft can no more pose a threat to the budding dreams. We are glad to declare the resounding success of our Siliguri Surgery Camp at Kejriwal Stone Clinic and Kidney Care Centre where we performed 42 Smile surgeries in just 6 days. It was no less a nostalgia for us, as it took us back to the journey when we opened this outreach centre in the year 2013 with a small medical team. Today, we run this kind of camp in every alternative month with the focus of transforming cleft to smile. The team of smile givers included: Dr. Partha[…]

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Crossing Miles & Mountains – Mission Smile’s First Camp in Nagaland

 “A smile is the curve that sets everything straight.” In our mission to make India cleft free, we have now reached the mountainous state of Northeast – NAGALAND! With financial support from NEEPCO and infrastructure provided by Eden Medical Centre, the Mission Smile team was in Nagaland to conduct their first surgery at the 1st Nagaland Cleft Care Camp in Dimapur. The camp was organized with the objective of gifting new smiles to 50 cleft-affected patients of Nagaland. To make this mission a grand success, RBSK of NHM- Nagaland provided support through patient identification and connecting the patients to Mission[…]

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Super Gas Foundation’s visit to our Kolkata Outreach Centre

It was an honour for Team Mission Smile to meet the delegates from Super Gas Foundation at our Outreach Centre in Kolkata, NH Barasat. Ms. Alekhya Sidani, Mrs. K. C. Mini and Sreeman Narayana Kadali-Secretary, Super Gas Foundation were among some of the delegates from the foundation. It was their first visit to our centre where they had a detailed discussion on our mission of transforming cleft into smiles. They met and interacted with Cleft patients and their families and also interacted Dr. Anjana Malhotra, Trustee, Mission Smile.

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Nutrition Camp at Goalpara

Team from Mission Smile Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (GC4) organized a nutritional camp in Krishnai, Goalpara District of Assam on 17th March 2017. The Camp was followed by the successful screening of 14 patients out of which 6 patients were shortlisted for surgery at GC4. Special arrangements were made for providing food supplements, multivitamin and minerals to the patients. Beside this, dietary counselling and hygiene counselling were also given. Travelling allowances have been provided so that they can visit GC4 to avail the free treatment. When the focus is on gifting smiles without the burden of hefty investments, Mission[…]

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