We are glad to announce the successful completion of our recent mission at Jaipur from 16th to 20th December 2017. This was our 3rd mission in Rajasthan, 1st mission in the State partnered by Muthoot Fincorp Ltd, the 1st mission in Jaipur and overall the 94th mission by Mission Smile.
A team comprising of 30 volunteers from India and abroad, along with the team from Manipal Hospital-Jaipur, 9 student volunteers from Australia and non-medical volunteers from Muthoot Fincorp Ltd- Rajasthan dedicatedly contributed towards the success of our mission. It’s due to their cooperation and efforts, we have been able to screen 72 patients out of which 41 clefts were transformed into smiles in just 3 days. Patients were asked to come for post-operative check-ups for accomplishing the goal of comprehensive cleft care treatment. After continuous follow up for one week, 33 patients were provided post-operative medical care. All the patients are well and doing fine.
On 16th Dec, we had the inaugural ceremony of this mission in the honourable presence of the dignitaries- Mr. Manish Mayank (Vice President, Muthoot Fincorp Ltd.), Dr. Vipin Jain (Chief of Clinical Services, Manipal Hospital Jaipur), Mr. Karthihaivelan (Unit Head, Manipal Hospital Jaipur) Mr. Ashok Shukla, (Regional Manager, Muthoot Fincorp Ltd. Jaipur), Dr Prasanthkumar Nellickal (CSR Head, Muthoot Pappachan Foundation), Shri Dalip Pande (Director Partnerships, Mission Smile), along with many well-wishers of Mission Smile & dear volunteers of the Mission.
During the mission, our team came across a little girl Pushpa (1 year old) whose bright eyes and playful nature immediately caught our attention. Her parents Pawan Dhajesh and Kalawati were very upset when they saw their first child born with a cleft deformity. Being born to a poor family in a small village Jogiwara of Banswara district in Rajasthan, getting Pushpa a proper surgery was a distant dream for the poor family. Due to her cleft deformity, Pushpa faced constant problem while feeding and behaved crankily due to not getting enough milk and being hungry. As a result she started to suffer from malnutrition. Her parents took her to several hospitals, but as they couldn’t afford the high cost of treatment they always returned back with a broken heart. Her parents didn’t had the faintest idea that cleft could turn their situation so bad. And the worst part was when her mother became mentally disturbed due to constant anxiety and nervousness.
The other family members and their relatives were not very accepting towards the baby because of her cleft deformity. In fact, they used to insult them by saying that God had cursed them for their bad deeds! Pawan Dhajesh is a daily wager. He earns a meagre Rs. 5000 per month, so it became more difficult for them to get the operation done in a private hospital. In December 2017, when Pushpa turned one, her parents saw an advertisement on a banner about the free surgical camp being organized in Manipal Hospital Jaipur by Mission Smile in partnership with Muthoot Pappachan Foundation.
In the meantime one of the branch officials from Muthoot Fincorp Ltd got hold of the family and arranged their transportation to visit Manipal Hospital to be screened by the Mission team. Pushpa’s parents immediately brought her to our camp where she received her surgery. The parents were very happy with surgical care provided by our team along with the warm hospitality.
The mission team managed to give beautiful smile to this deserving baby during the Jaipur Mission in December 2017. Mission Smile restored another family from the feelings of shame, ridicule and helplessness.
We would like to thank the entire team that brought such great smiles into many lives in this mission. Our heartfelt thanks to all dear volunteers for their selfless dedication, team Manipal Hospital under the guidance of Dr Sunit Saxena, Dr. Hari and Mr. Karthihaivelan for being so welcoming and accommodating and making sure that everything goes as smoothest as possible for the volunteers and patients, We extend our heartfelt thanks to the volunteers from Muthoot Fincorp Ltd. under the guidance of Dr Prasanthkumar Nellickal & Mr. Shukla for helping us right from the patient identification, to completion of the mission!
We would also like to thank Col. Shivaji Samaddar (Retd.), Mr Dalip Pande, & Dr. Ramkumar for guiding the program team whenever we were in need to be more organized.
Some special names to be mentioned; our team leaders Dr Manikant Lodaya, Dr Hiteshwar Sharma & Vanu Kipgen, we thank them for their love, supports and guidance. They led the team from front and handled every issue so beautifully before it became a challenge. And last but not the least; our mission wouldn’t have been successful without the student volunteers! Congratulations and thank you to all who made this mission such a success!
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