Madurai, India—While many children around the world were busy playing with the new toys that Santa left for them under the tree and finishing the rest of the leftover Christmas cookies, one small child in Madurai, India lay alone outdoors waiting to be discovered by a kind-hearted soul.
On December 28, 2012 at 2 a.m., a one-and-a-half-year-old boy was abandoned at the Madurai Government Hospital, presumably by nervous and teary parents who were not sure what else to do. Their little boy had been born with a cleft.
After being discovered by hospital staff, the boy was then transferred to Karumathur Clariton Mercy Home, a caring place for orphaned children.
The home also gave the boy a name: Amuthan. Luckily for Amuthan, the staff at Karumathur had heard of Smile Train and wanted their newest addition to have the chance to receive the free, life-changing surgery the organization provided.
Amuthan was taken to Smile Train hospital Meenakshi Mission Hospital & Research Centre and had his cleft repaired on February 15, 2013 by Dr. Panchavarnam. Four months to day when Amuthan was left at the hospital, he is now a healthy, happy boy waiting to be adopted by a loving family.