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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When Lions Came Calling to GC4

The newly elected District Governor of Lions Club 322- D, Mrs Radha Agarwal recently visited GC4 as her maiden visit after taking pledge as the Lions District Governor. This was the first visit of a newly-elected Governor to any project after administration of oath by the Lions International Headquarters in the USA. It is indeed our privilege to welcome Mrs Agarwal to GC4 along with the members of Lions Club of Guwahati Arpan and the senior members of other Lions Clubs. We are grateful to Mrs Babita Marda, President of Lions Club of Guwahati Arpan for coordinating and leading the[…]

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Unveiling KC4 – Mission Smile’s Initiative towards a Cleft-Free Bengal

Today is a red-letter day for Mission Smile as we reached another milestone by inaugurating Kolkata Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (KC4) at Flemming Hospital, Topsia, Kolkata. The event turned remarkable with the attendance of our Smile Ambassador Ms Nandana Dev Sen, our chief guest for the event, along with other dignitaries – Mr. Deepak Atal -Trustee, Mission Smile, Dr. Anjana Malhotra – Plastic Surgeon and Trustee-Mission Smile, Dr Manish Mukul Ghosh – Plastic Surgeon & Medical Council Member Mission Smile, Col. Shivaji Samaddar- COO, Mission Smile and representatives from the Flemming Hospital. Some of the children who had received the[…]

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2nd International Mission at Gulbarga – A Step towards Cleft-free India

Our 2nd International Mission at Gulbarga, Karnataka, India took place from June 25 – 30, 2017. This was our 2nd Mission in partnership with Muthoot Pappachan Foundation at ESIC Medical College & Hospital and over all 4th Mission in Karnataka. The team of 50 volunteers from India, USA, Malaysia & Philippines, along with team ESIC Medical College & Hospital-Gulbarga, Student Volunteers from ESIC Medical College, Non-medical volunteers from Muthoot Fincorp Ltd-Karnataka had screened 108 patients, performed 64 Surgeries during 4 surgical days and received 80% of post-op turn out on the day of one week follow-up. We had an inaugural ceremony of this mission on June 25 in presence of[…]

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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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How Rishi’s Surgery Changed His Mother’s Life

Rishi Bordoloi from the interiors of the Morigaon district of Assam is our Child of May. Rishi’s background story reflected the non-medical problems of having a child with cleft deformity. When Rishi’s parents visited us on 15th May, we met a nine-month old boy who was friendly but at the same time experiencing the challenges of cleft. While interviewing the family, we came to know about the hardships Anupama (Rishi’s mother) faced being the mom of a cleft child. She confided she and the family had to face ‘embarrassment’ upon his birth. ‘Cleft’ had made the family cut off all[…]

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