Smile of the Week: Adil Raza

Adil Raza, five years old, proudly displays his Smile Train backpack, which he returned to claim four years after his Smile Train surgery.

Adil Raza, five years old, proudly displays his Smile Train backpack, which he returned to claim four years after his Smile Train surgery.


Siliguri, India—Our Smile of the Week, Adil Raza, recieved his Smile Train surgery July 1, 2009 at Anandaloke Hospital in Siliguri, West Bengal, India.
Adil in 2009 before his cleft surgery.

Adil in 2009 before his cleft surgery.

Four years later Adil once again visited the hospital that provided his life changing surgery. His reason for doing so? He wanted a Smile Train backpack, which he saw another child in his village wearing. Adil asked why he had not gotten one after his surgery and the staff jokingly reminded him he was only infant and too small for a school bag then.

Now Adil is ready to begin school with his new backpack. His grandmother says she is very proud of him. She gladly shares that he is smart, speaks well, and gets his way in most things.

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