Cleft lip and palate is the most common congenital face defect affecting large number of babies around the globe. Millions of children around the world are suffering from untreated clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly and are often unable to attend the school or to hold a job.
A cleft can be defined as a gap or split in the upper lip and/or roof of the mouth (palate) and the gap is there because parts of the baby’s face didn’t join together properly during development in the womb.
Aster MIMS, Calicut provides a comprehensive treatment for children with Cleft Lip and Palate by a multi-disciplinary team consisting Plastic surgeon, Craniomaxillofacial surgeon, ENT specialist, Orthodontist and a speech therapist. The hospital is now associated with an International Organization called ‘The Smile Train Project’ that provides free treatment and corrective surgeries for children with specific condition.
Smile Train is an international children’s charity that provides 100 percent free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children of more than 85 countries. The main objective of this project is ‘To give every child a reason to smile’. This organization is able to provide free surgery and treatment for children any day of the year affected by Cleft lip and palate, through its funding of more than 1000 active partners representing nearly 1,200 hospitals and 2,300 partner surgeons in the developing nations.
Aster MIMS in association with Smile Train Centre have so far successfully treated 125 children affected with Cleft lip and Palate. We really look forward to bring back more smiles on the faces of forthcoming generation.