We saw Sajit Alam, the 5-month old baby, for the first time during the screening of our Siliguri Surgical Camp. The little baby was the unfortunate victim of cleft lip from birth. His parents had a meager monthly income of Rupees Seven Thousand only and the family struggled to make ends meet. They knew that surgery could treat the facial deformity of their beloved son –Sajit, but owing to its high cost of surgery, it was impossible for them to even think about the surgery!
When interviewed by our program coordinator Subhankar Saha, Sajit’s mother unveiled the challenges her family had to face in the past due to her son’s cleft lip. She recollected the happy day when she realised for the first time that she was pregnant. All the family members rejoiced with the news, expecting the arrival of the newest member. However, the day Sajit was born the parents and the family members were all in a state of shock.
Sajit was born with cleft lip deformity and the family knew that rectifying this facial deformity through surgery is well beyond their financial capacity. The parents only dreaded the unfortunate course of life which their beloved son Sajit might face as he grows up. Besides, due to cleft lip little Sajit already faced feeding difficulties from birth. Yet the mother could do little to find solution. However, she always hoped for a miracle to happen. She prayed to the almighty for the well-being of Sajit every day.
Ultimately her prayers were answered when the family came to know about Mission Smile’s Free Surgical Camp in Siliguri. At the screening session, our smile volunteers spoke to Sajit’s parents and assured them of a successful surgery. Finally, on the designated day for surgery the surgeon operated Sajit’s cleft lip and transformed his cleft to smile.
Post-surgery, the first sight of Sajit’s recovery was a beautiful experience for his parents. Their son was reborn with a new smile! Sajit’s mother was happy beyond words to see her little one on the way to recovery. Sajit’s parents were relaxed and relieved of tension for the first time since their son was born!
Sajit will be visiting us again during our future surgical camps in Siliguri and will undergo follow-up check-ups until he is healed completely. We will be following Sajit’s journey as he grows up to be a bright young boy in the coming years.
At Mission Smile we don’t stop just at the surgery but ensure comprehensive cleft care to all the beneficiaries through our Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre(s) in Guwahati and Kolkata, Medical Missions and Outreach Camps. We need your support towards completing our mission of making a cleft-free India. DONATE to Mission Smile