100 Smiles in 100 Days

by Mission Smile
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100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
Thank You for the Smile!
Thank You for the Smile!

Niraj and his wife Nilam were shocked to learn their growing baby had a cleft lip during a routine ultrasound. At their home in Lakhimpur, Assam, the couple spent weeks worried and wondering how to care for
a baby with this condition. The first time when they heard about it in the hospital waiting area, they were shocked. They anxiously awaited the birth of their first child. However, they knew this baby would suffer more with a more complicated condition.

Their son Harsh was born with a severe case of cleft lip. Once the initial relief wore off, the reality began to sink in. Their son was different. After birth, the deformity causes issues with feeding, eating, breathing; this makes it challenging to breastfeed or drink from a bottle. But local doctors help us with feeding techniques. But fortunately, everyone behaved normally, and they got support from neighbours as well. They always pampered and played with him.

Harsh’s parents are unaware of the particular cause. They didn’t know the scientific reason, but they thought there may be some lack of care during the pregnancy period. Harsh’s father had a small business, being in which they can not even imagine being able to afford the treatment. But their family and relatives were supportive; they gave them hope that it’s just a deformity, no need to worry, and can be healed. For baby’s treatment, they went to NHM, Assam, and from there, they got to know about Mission Smile, which provides free cleft lip and palate treatment and surgeries. They were so excited about the surgery and were very hopeful towards Mission Smile.

He had his first surgery at only 10 months old. Surgeons repaired his lip, and after the surgery, it looked so good. The experienced and knowledgeable team helped the parents in preparing for the surgery of the child. Mission Smile will do everything we can to do for the baby’s cleft surgery because we believe in doing what we can, where we are, with what we have. Our team encourages you to do a random act of kindness for children so that when they grow up, they can live a blessed and compassionate life as well. We thank our volunteers and donors who came forward to make it possible to give magical smiles to children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate.

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Smile Restored
Smile Restored

Eman’s birth brought immense joy to his parents but when they saw his face they felt their hearts drop. His beautiful face had been marred by a cleft lip. The new parents were worried how their family would react.

Eman’s extended family, however, were surprisingly welcoming. His grandmother consoled his parents saying that God does not make any one perfect; He always sends us with some flaws so that we remain humble. Eman’s parents were relieved upon hearing this. The community at large also welcomed the child, and many of them even offered home-remedy tips to his mother to fix his lips. She tried several of them, before she realised that nothing was going to fix her child’s face unless God Himself wished it. Even though everyone welcomed the child, she feared for his acceptance once he grew up and started attending school and prayed daily for a miracle.

Her prayers were answered   when she found out about the free surgery and cleft care offered by Mission Smile. She travelled more than 100kms to bring her child to us. Upon arrival Eman was examined and selected for surgery. Post surgery, his mother was very happy with her baby’s transformation and she thanked God for sending Mission Smile to work this miracle in their life.

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Dear Smile Givers,

 

With your support, we dis transform 104 smiles in 100 days. All cleft corrective surgeries were safe. 

 

Sumona had been born with a cleft lip. Her deformity had left her parents and extended family in shock. No one in their family had ever had a disfigurement like this. Everyone worried that this could never be cured.

Their small village in Uluberia seemed like a prison of nightmares for the little girl growing up. While her family never made her feel any less loved, her peers and neighbors made it abundantly clear to her that she was different from them. Her facial flaw was a constant source of a joke for everyone around her. No one left a stone unturned to ridicule the poor child every time she stepped out of the house. The school became a constant reminder of her asymmetrical face.

Read one such story here: https://missionsmile.org/sumona-receives-smile/

 

This not only changes lives but gives these kids dignity, with a corrected smile, they will now not shy away from society. 

 

We at Mission smile, thank you for all your generous support for this project. We had volunteers from all backgrounds and we thank them also for been the change makes. 

 

We are pleased and promise to continue our work with complete dedication and commitment to our cause. 

 

Regards

Mission Smile Team

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Sumi before his surgery
Sumi before his surgery

The birth of a child is a joyous occasion for every family; but, when Sumi was born it was a sad affair for the family. His parents were shocked to see their child’s distorted face. His upper lip was split into two. They were scared of societal rejection and ridicule and did not want to take the child home. His mother’s heart however only knew love for her child; she could not be parted from her child.

At home their superstitious family members commented that someone must have cast a voodoo spell on the child. His parents cried and cursed their fate as they struggled to even feed their baby. They looked for shelter homes where they could put their child and even planned on leaving their community when his mother refused to give up her child.

When they went back to the hospital seeking help, the administration realised the parents’ dilemma and counseled them and informed them about Mission Smile. They were assured that cleft is not a curse. They learnt that it could be corrected and were relieved slightly. Upon returning home his mother wasted no time in contacting Mission Smile.

At our 100th Mission, 7-months-old Sumi was one of the 100 children found fit for our corrective surgery.

When his parents saw Sumi post-operation they could not believe their eyes. His split lip was gone. He had a whole new smile! His mother said that she knew in her heart that her child could become normal. Even though the first night after surgery was painful for the little one, he was on his way to recovery by the time he was discharged the next day. They went back home smiling.

 With your help we made Sumi’s mother’s dreams come true and we couldn’t thank you enough. We believe you will continue to support us in our mission to in helping realise the hopes of many mothers who dream of a better future for their child.

Sumi after his cleft surgery
Sumi after his cleft surgery

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Mission Smile

Location: Kolkata, Bidhannagar - India
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Anupam Sarkar
Kolkata, Bidhannagar India

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