Giving Cleft Children a Second Chance to Smile - Difficult Cases Week

We organised “The Difficult Cases Week”. It was to give a second chance to those children and young adults who could not earlier receive their cleft treatment offered by Mission Smile. It could be due to additional complications of the airway, cardiac, neurological or malnutrition issues. Mission Smile conducted the ‘Difficult Cases Week’ at  Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (GC4)  from 28th April till 4th May, 2018.

A team comprising of 17 members had come in from Sweden to GC4. They were here for the week-long cleft rectification drive. The team included – plastic surgeon(s), paediatric cardiologist(s), nurses, anesthesiologist(s) and medical as well as non-medical volunteers.  Dr Gunilla Lööf led the international team. Dr Lööf had been an eminent part of the Difficult Cases Week , which we organised at GC4 in past years. The mission conducted Seventy-six cleft rectification surgeries successfully during the week-long Difficult Cases Week at GC4. All the surgeries happened under the supervision and guidance of the super-specialists from Sweden.

GC4 Milestone: 18000th Surgery Done!

During the weeklong screening and surgeries, our team met Purab Boro, a little boy born with a cleft lip and palate.  He had to return from GC4 several times since he suffered severe malnutrition. He was not eligible for the surgery. However, little Purab received assurance of recovery at the Difficult Cases Week this year. With the intervention of the Swedish doctors led by Dr Gunilla Lööf, we have gifted our 18000th smile at GC4 to Purab Boro!


We sincerely acknowledge the international team from Sweden who was instrumental in successfully conducting complicated cleft rectification surgeries.  It has been a great learning experience for volunteers from Sweden who had come to GC4 for the first time.  We extend our cheers and greetings to all of you for making The Difficult Cases Week a grand success!