Let us introduce you to Miriam. She was a three year eight months old little girl when we met her. She had to bear fathomless pain and anxiety from her birth. This was due to her blindness in one eye and defect in her other eye. These went together with severe cleft lip and palate deformities.
The only good news for the unfortunate child was that her mother stood firm. She gave her shelter and support despite non-cooperation and ill-treatment from their relatives and the community. It all began when Miriam’s parents were eagerly awaiting their second child’s birth. Anticipation grew strong as her mother was taken into labour. She gave birth to Miriam, a blind baby girl with a bulging eye and severe cleft lip and palate!
The family’s hope was shattered. All wraths fell upon the newborn baby. Moreover, the baby was taken to ICU due to medical complications. There she was kept for 21 days. The first few days were crucial for her survival. Her mother wasn’t informed for the early few days about her child’s blindness and cleft deformities. Yet when she saw her, she couldn’t control her tears -a mothers’ heart after all!
Despite all the child’s challenges and health issues, the mother remained mentally strong and determined to treat her child. Miriam was brought to GC4 by her mother. However, due to her underweight, she was first denied surgery. She was suggested to be put on our doctors’ nutrition plan.
On their second visit to GC4, Miriam showed a few symptoms of illness. For this the surgery had to be postponed. The mother kept visiting GC4 with Miriam 18 times. Every time specific health problems came in the way of preventing the surgery. Hers’ was a critical case and needed special care.
Finally, on her 18th visit during Difficult Cases Week of GC4, the Swedish doctors screened Miriam. They selected for surgery. The international surgery team decided to operate on Miriam in two separate phases. The first phase of the surgery was done during Difficult Cases Week this year.
A happy mother went back with her child with a deformity partially removed. The second phase was scheduled for the next year. It took 4 hours for the surgery to complete successfully.
We followed up on little Miriam’s recovery journey from cleft to smile. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, with whose help we were able to help Miriam! You, too, can help us pen another ‘Smile Story’ for someone like Miriam. Gift a Smile, help us in transforming lives!
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