Jodhpur, India–Little Mohd Waris was brought to Raj Dadiji Hospital in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India with a bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate. The hospital staff noticed that Mohd was accompanied by an older woman and not his parents, who would presumably be much younger. Curious, they asked the woman about the boy’s parents and found out that Mohd’s mother was ill-treated by her in-laws because her child was born with a cleft. Due to the pressure from her husband’s family, Mohd’s mother left him with the older woman, his maternal grandmother.
His 55-year-old grandmother had only one thing to say to the Smile Train doctors at Raj Dadiji Hospital, “Make my child look like a healthy normal human being so that he can live with his mother.”
The Smile Train team provided Mohd with free cleft surgery and the day after, Mohd’s grandmother visited the hospital with his mother. Mohd’s mothered praised the surgeons, staff, and Smile Train and said, “Now, I can take my child with me.”
The young boy now lives happily with his mother and father, his paternal family accepting him with open arms.