The Most Rewarding Vacation

Smile Train patient Niloy before and after free cleft lip and palate surgery

Sikkim, India — Most people dread the prospect of having work interrupt their vacations, but not Smile Train partner Dr. Parthapratim Gupta.

He prefers to make miracles happen while he’s on vacation.

Dr. Gupta was vacationing in the Himalayas for some much needed rest when all of a sudden a family excitedly ran up to him. At first he wasn’t sure what was going on, but how could the family forget the man who changed their daughter’s life forever? Dr. Gupta had performed their daughter’s cleft lip surgery 12 years ago!

During that time, Dr. Gupta became a Smile Train partner and provided more than 1,600 free cleft surgeries, while their daughter went on to go to school and lead a normal life. The family happily shared their story and gave their deepest thanks, but they had one more favor to ask — they knew of a 7-month-old boy with a cleft lip and palate.

They brought Dr. Gupta to meet little Niloy and his family. Niloy’s father had a temporary job earning about $2 a day, and never thought he’d be able to get his son’s cleft repaired. Dr. Gupta explained about Smile Train and arranged for transportation to his hospital for Niloy and his mother. With Niloy’s mother patiently waiting, Dr. Gupta repaired his cleft lip and palate. Niloy was a bit groggy coming out of the anesthesia, but a few days later, he was heading home with a bright new smile.

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