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!
“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.”
Vaishnali was just 3kg in weight at 3 months of age. Born with a wide cleft lip and palate she had struggled to feed since birth. Her operations will give her the best possible chance to thrive and develop.
Deeply upset by the stigmatization from other villagers who said she was the cause of Lucky’s problems, his Mum was keen to seek help to correct her son's cleft lip and palate.
Aditya’s Mum told us that her dream was to see her son grow to be healthy and happy and to be a doctor. Repairing his palate will help him to thrive and to develop normal speech.
Kushi has travelled 100km with her Mum to be treated a second time by the NCF. Her second operation will correct her palate and provide valuable speech therapy.
Deepak's parents describe being “scared” that he had been born with such a defect - they were concerned that it was somehow their fault and that they had done something to invite being “cursed”.