Journey of Isolation to Joy of Acceptance! - Mission Smile

Sayan Islam, 1-year-old, was born with cleft lip and cleft palate deformities in a village of North 24 Parganas. He came all the way by travelling from North 24 Paraganas to the South Kolkata to get reconstructive surgery for his cleft deformities. Sayan was very restless when he came to our outreach centre. He started crying on seeing other patients in OPD area.

His mother Sabina Yasmin was sitting in OPD and was nervously bouncing her knees. Our team tried to speak to her. Sabina said she had never seen cleft lip and cleft palate child before. After his birth, she felt isolated and alone in her struggles to feed him. She didn’t know so many other families were experiencing the same hardships she was.

Sabina’s neighbor who works in Mission Smile’s outreach centre informed her that this deformity can be corrected. They were informed about the medical camp in our outreach centre at Sonarpur. Fortunately, Sayan was found fit for surgery after medical evaluations. Next day, his surgery was done in good care by a credentialed doctor. The family which was anxiously waiting outside the operation theatre got relief when their son’s cleft lip surgery was successfully completed. Next day when they were ready to go back to their home, they thanked Mission Smile for the Smile miracle.

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