Hyderabad: NGO Smile Train resumes free cleft surgery


Hyderabad: Adhering to all safety protocols, Smile Train India’s partner hospitals in Telangana have resumed free cleft surgeries and comprehensive cleft care services. The centers are ensuring the availability of PPE kits for the doctors and caregivers to ensure the safety protocols.

Cleft lip and palate, a facial birth anomaly, can be completely cured but it is important that children get treatment at the right age to live a healthy and productive life, a press release said. This involves surgery and other related ancillary care. Delayed treatment can lead to speech and hearing problems. Smile Train India which offers free cleft treatment, has supported more than 6,25,000 surgeries for children across India, in the last 21 years.

Mamta Carrol, Smile Train’s Vice President and Regional Director for Asia said, “With enhanced safety guidelines to protect both patients and health workers, our partner hospitals have resumed cleft surgeries. Our Toll Free Cleft Helpline – 1800 103 8301 – is a readily accessible national resource for cleft patients and it has proved to be a huge support to patients and their families during the pandemic.”

Smile Train has supported more than 22,000 free cleft surgeries in Telangana through a network of three partner hospitals at Hyderabad where cleft treatment is supported throughout the year and will be soon starting speech, nutrition and orthodontic programs.

Smile Train Partner Surgeon Dr. Mukunda Reddy at Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Hyderabad, shared, “we have been able to provide safe and quality treatment to children born with cleft lip and palate to ensure they lead a healthy and productive life.”

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