Cleft Lip Surgeries

Cleft Lip Surgeries through Smile Network USA-February 2015

Let the Children SMILE:

Foundation for Children in Need has coordinated free Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Surgeries in collaboration with Smile Network International, Minneapolis, MN, USA and the host hospital, Santhiram Medical College and General Hospital, Nandyal, Kurnool (Dist), India from February 22 to 28. The surgeries were done totally free through the generosity of Smile Network and their Medical team of 19 volunteers headed by Dr. Rajbir Sarpal Anesthesiologist. Dr. Lester Mohler and Dr. Uldis Bite have done the surgeries. 58 children and adults from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh States were benefited.

Kim Valentini, Founder and Maureen Cahill, Executive Director of Smile Network International were present on February 22 and 23.

Carolyn Walsko, a volunteer of Smile Network was the medical team’s Logistics Coordinator.

Dr. M. Santhiramudu, Chairman and Dr. Madhavilatha, Vice-Chairman of Santhiram Medical College and General Hospital, Nandyal have provided free of cost the operation theaters for surgeries and beds for the children and accommodation and food for children and their parents. They have taken excellent care of the Smile Network Medical team during their work at the Hospital. They have provided food for FCN staff. More than 100 doctors, nurses and staff supported this great cause.

We have considered this opportunity as privilege to help our needy children. We have coordinated between Smile Network International, Santhiram Hospital and the families of the children for the success of the surgeries. FCN has given Rs. 5000/- for each family for travel expenses and to provide nutritious food for their children. We thank the Board of Directors and the donors in U.S.A for helping us to reach out to our children.

We sincerely thank Kim and everyone on the medical team for their dedication and sacrifice. We are very grateful to them and to everyone who took lot of trouble and made many sacrifices to help our needy. We thank all those who have supported this program. May God bless you all.

We have not found as generous persons as Dr. Santhiramudu Sir and Dr. Madhavi. They have done a lot besides providing the hospital facilities. They have been exceptionally kind and generous. We are most grateful to them.

We hold you all in our prayers.

Thanking you once again.

With Love, Prayers and Much Gratitude,

Dr. Geetha and Tom Chitta
Co-Founders of Foundation for Children in Need

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