The cosmetic surgery division of Medanta, The Medicity has recently joined hands with a US based NGO ‘Smile Train’ to provide free of cost treatments regarding cleft lip and palate surgeries in Gurgaon. Dr. Rakesh Khazanchi, director of the division of plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, along with his consummate team will conduct the surgery at Medanta.
Talking about their collaboration with Smile Train for this humanity and quality health care cause, Dr. Naresh Trehan, chief medical officer, Medanta Medicity, said “our partnership with Smile Train is another step towards our commitment to provide accessible and quality healthcare. In collaboration with Smile Train, we will offer free surgeries to needy patients with cleft lip and palate.”
According to the surgeons, cleft lips are 100% curable but the patient’s eligibility to avail this treatment must be at least 3 months old. A certain amount per surgery will be reimbursed to the hospital and surgeons will charge their fee at a subsidized rate.
Every year around 30,000 children born with clefts and around 50% of them are bound to live a life filled with shame, pain and loneliness due to exorbitance of the corrective surgery available for this facial distortion. The largest cleft lip and palate surgery organization in the world, Smile Train is driven by the single objective of bringing smile to cleft lips by providing quality treatments to those born with clefts at free cost.
With their network of 2,600 partner surgeons working in over 1,100 partner hospitals, the NGO has been conducting these surgeries for poor and needy people since 1999. The hospital officials and doctors of Medanta Medicity are very much confident that this collaboration will help more needy and unaware people. “This partnership is an endeavor by our team to help the poor who suffer from this grotesque deformity. We also intend to spread awareness so that more cleft patients can reach us, Dr. Khazanchi, director of the division of plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, Medanta Medicity”
Medanta Medicity is the 7th hospital in Delhi where the facility for cleft and palate surgery has been made available at a free of cost with the endeavor of Smile Train. Other hospitals in Delhi where this facility is already available include Ganga Ram Sant Parmanand, Mata Chanan Devi, St Stephen’s, Jaipur Golden, Sunder Lal Jain and Maharaja Agrasen.