Mocking someone for their facial or physical deformity is a common social evil. Yet, one cannot escape the humiliation of having different looks. Unfortunately, such is our social scenario. Now imagine a kindergarten child being made fun of looking ‘different’ from the rest of his classmates! What impact would it have on the young mind?
A withdrawal symptom is a common occurrence among youngsters who face ridicule. Sadly, children born with cleft deformity usually face such discrimination right from their home. This extends even far beyond their known premises. Bipro was three years-6months old when we met him. He was born with cleft lip and palate deformity. He had to face a similar situation at such a tender age. Like little boys of his generation, Bipro loves reading and playing with his friends. Yet, at times his friends would taunt him for his facial deformity. The little boy would become lonely and sad.
However, Bipro was fortunate to some extent. Unlike most cleft cases where the immediate family disowns and neglects the affected child, Bipro’s family members and neighbours were supportive. Bipro’s parents heard about Mission Smile from a relative. Soon, they contacted us. Bipro received his first cleft lip surgery at BNR Hospital during our Kolkata mission. Even then, the kid was partly healed. His feeding problem persisted as a result of his yet-to-be-operated-on cleft palate.
So, the doctors recommended a second surgery for Bipro. This was to correct his cleft palate deformity. Also, the doctors assured that Bipro would be entirely healed after his second surgery. Henceforth, he would not have any feeding difficulty. His parents, too, we’re hopeful and couldn’t wait to see the miracle happen.
Finally, on 25th June 2019, Bipro received his cleft palate surgery. It was at Mission Smile’s Kolkata Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre at Flemming Hospital, Topsia. This was two years after undergoing his first surgery. Presently, Bipro has recovered. His feeding problems are no more persistent. The happy parents have expressed their heartfelt thanks to Mission Smile for rekindling their hope by gifting Bipro his smile.
Thousands of children from across India are awaiting cleft surgeries. They await a new life thenceforth. We have the determination to bring smiles to them. But we need your contribution to cover the surgery costs and the costly medication after that. Could you help us?