Ever since Suleiman Sheikh was born to his parents Habibur Rahman and Supriya Bibi, the usual joy and celebrations associated with the birth of a newborn was missing. Both his parents were quite distressed, since Suleiman was born with a cleft lip. Suleiman’s father Habibur Rahman works as a farmer in other people’s land and there is no way the family could afford the cost of a cleft operation.
Then one day, they came to know about Mission Smile during a local hospital visit with their son. It was like a lifeline for them and they immediately registered their son’s name for the programme. After three months, they were informed that their child was among the lucky few to be selected for operation.
After a long journey of 8 hours from their hometown Murshidabad, they arrived at Flemming hospital in Topsia to get their son operated. The worried parents waited anxiously when the surgery was in progress. After a successful operation, when they saw their son with his new smile for the first time, they couldn’t believe their eyes! When one of the volunteers asked Suleiman’s mother how she felt, she said that this is the happiest day in her life and added that she never noticed earlier that her son was so handsome! Now she can dream about a bright future for her son, and the beautiful smile playing across her son’s lips will only inspire her to dream bigger.
Smile Story Writer – Sukrit Sengupta, Apeejay Volunteer, Kolkata Mission May, 2015.