Longbir Ingti Kathar from Assam was our 17000th smile baby from the Northeast. Born with bilateral cleft lips, Longbir’s congenital facial deformity shocked even his parents. It was in fact a heartbreaking sight for the couple. It was the first time they had ever seen a cleft baby. The entire village converged upon their home to see baby Longbir’s facial deformity out of curiosity, adding to the unfortunate couple’s despair. So, the family was in shock and very distressed.
At the time when hope seemed distant, good news came along through a source that the new-born can be cured of his deformity for free at Mission Smile’s Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (GC4). Without wasting time, the family immediately brought the baby to GC4. But even then, luck seemed to wait for them. The doctors examined baby Longbir and instructed his family to get him for a pre-surgery health review at six months.
Luckily for the parents, after six months of wait, the baby was selected for surgery. On 15th June 2017, Longbir received his surgery. Also, his bilateral cleft was restructured, and he was discharged on the following day to go home and recover. In fact, Longbir’s transformation from cleft to smile was just a matter of time. Soon enough, the baby was growing up like any other normal kid of his age. To his parents and family, baby Longbir’s transformation from cleft to smile felt like a significant burden of ill-luck been lifted off. They couldn’t thank Mission Smile enough for helping their baby out of a life of misery to that of dignity.
Mission Smile covers surgery cost and offers free transportation to needy patients and their families who cannot afford the cost. At the same time, to continue offering free surgery to cleft children like Longbir in the Northeast, we look forward to your donation.