Mrinmoy Bezbaruah came to us when he was only a year old. He had both cleft lip and palate. His lip was repaired during his first visit but he had to wait five more years before his palate could be reconstructed. On 20th December, 2018, Mrinmoy went through his palate repair surgery. His teary eyed parents exclaimed that this felt like an early Christmas gift.
The now 7-year-old returned back after a week for his post-surgery follow-up session which included his first speech-therapy counseling as well. His parents were advised to continue with this speech training at home. When they returned 2 months later for the second follow-up, our speech-specialists at the centre found that Mrinmoy’s parents had not followed their directions; they had not continued practicing normal speech with their child.
The little one went through speech therapy again and asked to return for a highly unusual third follow up. This time Mrinmoy’s parents performed due diligence and when the family returned for the third session our therapists found his speech to be vastly improved. They were satisfied with his progress and asked the family to report back in 6-months’ time.
During an outreach camp in Baksa district, our team reached out to little Mrinmoy. They found that the child had not only recovered completely but he had also made tremendous progress in his speech. He no longer had resonance or articulation problems while talking; in fact his speech was completely normal! The beaming parents proudly informed the team that they had been practicing his speech therapy at home and could not believe that this is the same child who was born with a cleft lip and palate.