Little Anu Mondal's Smile Restored @KC4 - Mission Smile

Let’s introduce you to Anu Mondal. She was a one year ten months old baby girl when we met her. She lives with her family of 5 in Mondalgiri. This village is just a kilometre away from Sundarban Tiger Reserve, in the South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. Anu’s father, Mrityunjoy Mondal, is a daily wage earner. He is a seasonal farmer, while Anu’s mother, Shilpi Mondal, tends to her household.

Anu had facial cleft and palate deformities since birth.  Naturally, her parents were quite upset. They feared that one-day society would ridicule and isolate Anu.  They knew that Anu couldn’t lead a normal life without proper treatment. In a word, they were apprehensive about Anu’s future. But, they didn’t have enough funds to avail themselves of the costly treatment. So, hoping for a miracle was all that they could do!

Luckily for little Anu, her parents came to know about Mission Smile’s Free Surgery Camp at Kolkata Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (KC4) through the patient recruitment team of KC4. Anu’s parents accompanied her to KC4 at Flemming Hospital on July 14, 2017. Surgeon Dr Manish Mukul Ghosh screened her for surgery for Facial Cleft and Palate. Understanding her condition, the doctor recommended operating on her palate deformity first.

Anu Mondal completed her palate surgery. She had to wait for ten months so that her first surgery healed completely and she got ready for the next operation. In February 2018, she received her second cleft surgery and got the gift of the most fantastic smile of her life! Thanks to Dr Manish Mukul Ghosh, Dr Indranil Sarkar, Dr Agni Shekar Saha and the entire team of Mission Smile’s KC4 team and Flemming Hospital staff for making this miracle happen.

While Anu and her parents have returned smiling, several others await a miracle to happen! Smiling in all its fullness is still a distant dream for them. Only your support can help them out of life’s misery. Your help in the form of a donation to Mission Smile can help cleft children and young adults smile!

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