Superstitions associated with Cleft, makes life difficult not only for a child born with Cleft but also for his/her parents. Aman’s story is a perfect example of this.
Aman’s family belongs to an Assamese community who are highly superstitious. When Aman was born with a cleft lip deformity, his petrified mother had no clue on how their community would react seeing their son’s facial deformity. Moreover, the apprehensive parents feared rejection from their community.
Aman’s parents were counselled by local hospital staff. The counselor made them understand that cleft could be easily cured with rectification surgery followed by post-operative care. The parents were asked to take their kid to Mission Smile’s Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (GC4) for medical evaluation.
At GC4, on examination it was found that Aman was underweight and thus he was unfit to endure the surgery. He was enrolled into our nutrition program. Just after his first session of nutrition counselling, his worried parents felt relaxed. Aman responded positively to the nutrition program; within 2 months of his induction he gained weight and was considered suited for surgery. Consequently, Aman received his surgery and his smile was restored.
For his parents, it was no less than a sheer miracle to see their son’s cleft lips repaired. They went back home with little Aman smiling at us, as if to say “Thank you.”
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