It was lovely to catch up with Rehan whose cleft lip was corrected in 2015. Now three years old, he returned to have his cleft palate repaired this year and for advice on his speech.
Ishant had a lateral cleft, which meant, unusually, the cleft affected the side of her mouth and cheek, rather than the lip or palate. She never stopped smiling though.
We last saw Pappu in 2016 - at that time his story was one of isolation and stigmatisation because of his inability to communicate with his peers and even his teachers. What a difference a year makes!
This year, a team of nearly sixty people went to Nagpur in India to take part in the ninth NCF outreach - bringing the total number of operations performed by the NCF since it’s inception to 1500.
We are delighted to announce that Dr. George Teturswamy, Founder and Head of the Northern Cleft Foundation, has been awarded the UK Prime Minister's Points of Light Award.
“I feel very sad” Pappu says, his eyes full of tears. The unfairness is that because of poverty, Pappu’s palate wasn’t repaired much earlier, ideally before he had begun to talk.
Last year we met Lucky – one of twins, who had his cleft lip repaired by the team in January 2015. He was much smaller than his brother then, but now he has caught up and is a real...
When Lomesh was born with a cleft lip and palate it was accepted as fate. The family could not afford to seek medical help, so were grateful to hear about the outreach.
Sameer's Mum is thrilled with the result of his surgery. Thank you to the team”, she says, “it is wonderful work.”
Time for another NCF Outreach. 2016 will be the eighth spent working in Nagpur with our partners, the Rotary Club of Nagpur West.