Life is unpredictable and full of surprises.
I still remember the day when my husband Siva and I learnt that we were expecting our first baby. Our happiness and excitement knew no bounds!
I gave birth to a boy, which in India would be considered a blessing, but was it? Aditya was born with a cleft lip and palate. We had planned to celebrate the arrival of our first baby but ended up crying when we first saw him. Adding to our sufferings, my mother-in-law blamed me for giving birth to a child with a cleft. She would compare our son with other children and curse me every time she looked at Aditya. Months passed with the pain and we did not know how to get our son a new smile.
Despite all the trauma we were going through, my husband was focussed on getting Aditya treated at the earliest and relieving us of our misery. Although he is not well educated, he is quite active on digital media. He started searching the internet and reaching out to people through social sites and apps. Sai came across a message about Smile Train and the work they do, on a WhatsApp group. He quickly dialled the helpline number to know more and to his delight, he received information regarding nearby hospitals providing free cleft surgeries under the Smile Train India program.
We went to GSR Institute of Craniomaxillofacial and Facial Plastic Surgery in Hyderabad and consulted Dr. Reddy. The doctor guided us on the treatment and assured us that Aditya will be fine after a corrective surgery. The team at the hospital was very compassionate and friendly, and we were happy to get Aditya treated at this hospital. Aditya underwent the first surgery for his lip, followed by a cleft palate surgery when he turned a year old.
The day we got a glimpse of Aditya’s first smile was the happiest day of our lives. There can be no better gift for parents than the smiles of their children. We thank Smile Train India for giving Aditya an opportunity to lead a better life!
We are happy to see Aditya grow up as a healthy kid and we hope he becomes a surgeon and works for a great cause like this.
As shared by Aditya’s mother. Aditya underwent cleft repair surgery at Smile Train's partner hospital, GSR Institute of Craniomaxillofacial and Facial Plastic Surgery, Hyderabad.