Turjo, a 5 months old infant was born with cleft lip and cleft palate deformities. Turjo is the only child of Tanmay Roy and Sadhana Roy. Like most women, Sadhana too was overjoyed to hear the news of her pregnancy. The couple were eagerly waiting for the day of their child’s birth. But their life was shattered when they saw their child’s face for the first time. It was a heartbreaking experience to see their child being born with cleft lip and cleft palate deformities.
The hardship and difficulties of Turjo knew no bound! The infant could not even swallow milk due to the missing palate and the milk would come out of his nose. Seeing her child’s plight, Sadhana could not control her tears. She was helpless as she could not feed Turjo properly.
For the father – Tanmay, however, cleft was not new. He was also born with cleft lip and cleft palate. He had gone through cleft lip and cleft palate surgery when he was 3 years old. He knew that this deformity could be corrected by a simple surgery. But he was also very disheartened and was searching for a good surgical care for his son. At that time, Tanmoy’s friend Dr Subhas Das who is a paediatrician in Mission Smile’s Outreach Centre, NH Hospital in Barasat advised him to bring Turjo at Tthe Outreach Centre for a checkup.
The family brought Turjo for a medical checkup at Mission Smile’s Outreach Centre, NH Hospital, Barasat. After undergoing necessary medical evaluation by the credentialed doctors Turjo was found fit for surgery. And on 14th Jan 2016, Turjo’s surgery was conducted successfully. After an hour or so when Turjo was brought to the ward; his family was overjoyed seeing the face of their son. His cleft deformity had been rectified through the surgery.
The next day (on 15th Jan 2016) before leaving the hospital, the family whole-heartedly thanked Mission Smile and the whole team for making their son smile! They especially thanked the donor who sponsored the surgery cost and helped Turjo smile again. Tanmay thanked Dr. Prabir Josh, Plastic Surgeon and Mission Smile’s medical volunteers for conducting the corrective surgery.
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