Giving Cleft Children a Second Chance to Smile - Difficult Cases Week

“The Difficult Cases Week was organized with the aim to give a second chance to those children and young adults who could not earlier receive their cleft treatment offered by Mission Smile due to additional complications of the airway, cardiac, neurological or malnutrition issues.” This year the ‘Difficult Cases Week’ at Mission Smile’s Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (GC4) was conducted from 28th April till 4th May.

A team comprising of 17 members that included – plastic surgeon(s), paediatric cardiologist(s), nurses, anesthesiologist(s) and both medical as well as non-medical volunteers had come in from Sweden to GC4 for the week-long cleft rectification drive. The international team was led by Dr Gunilla Lööf, who had been an eminent part of the Difficult Cases Week organized by Mission Smile at GC4 in past years. 76 cleft rectification surgeries were conducted successfully during the week-long Difficult Cases Week at GC4. All the surgeries have been conducted under the supervision and guidance of the super-specialists from Sweden.

GC4 Milestone: 18000th Surgery Done!

During the weeklong screening and surgeries, our team met Purab Boro, a little boy who was born with cleft lip and palate.  He had to return back from GC4 several times in the past since he suffered severe malnutrition and was not at all eligible for the surgery. However, little Purab was given assurance of recovery at the Difficult Cases Week this year and with the intervention of the Swedish doctors led by Dr Gunilla Lööf, we have gifted our 18000th smile at GC4 to Purab Boro!


We sincerely acknowledge the international team from Sweden who was instrumental in successfully conducting complicated cleft rectification surgeries on patients who came with critical medical conditions. It has been a great learning experience for the members of volunteers from Sweden who had come to GC4 for the first time.  We extend our cheers and greetings to all of you for making The Difficult Cases Week a grand success!

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