Let’s introduce you to Anu Mondal, a 1 year 10 months old baby girl who lives with her family of 5 in Mondalgiri, a village which is just a kilometre away from Sundarban Tiger Reserve, in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. Anu’s father Mrityunjoy Mondal is a daily wage earner and a seasonal farmer while her mother Shilpi Mondal tends to her household.
Anu was born with facial cleft and palate deformities. Quite naturally, her parents were quite upset and feared that one day Anu will be ridiculed and isolated by the society to which they belong, as a result of her facial deformity. They knew that without proper treatment, it was impossible for Anu to lead a normal life. In a word, they were apprehensive about Anu’s future. But, they didn’t have enough funds to avail the costly treatment. So, hoping for a miracle was all that they could do!
Luckily for little Anu, that her parents came to know about Mission Smile’s Free Surgery Camp at Kolkata Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (KC4) through patient recruitment team of KC4. Anu, accompanied by her parents came to KC4 at Flemming Hospital on July 14, 2017, and was screened for surgery by surgeon Dr Manish Mukul Ghosh for Facial Cleft and Palate. Understanding her condition, the doctor recommended operating on her palate deformity first.
After the successful completion of her palate surgery, Anu Mondal was prescribed to wait for 10 months so that her first surgery heals completely and she gets ready for the next operation. On February 2018, she received her second cleft surgery and was gifted with the most amazing 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 staff of Flemming Hospital for making this miracle happen.
While Anu and her parents have returned back smiling, there are several others who await a miracle to happen! Smiling in all its fullness is still a distant dream for them and only your support can help them out of life’s misery. Your help in form of a donation to Mission Smile can help cleft children and young adults to smile!