Jeet with his parents
Their happiness was even more when they saw Jeet after the surgery. Here is what Hansa Ben, Jeet’s mother expressed on seeing her son: “When I saw Jeet after the cleft lip surgery, I was overwhelmed. I am feeling as if my son was re-born. He looks beautiful now and looks like other children of his age. We can now take him out into our community and present him before our neighboUrs confidently. They have also assured that after 3 to 4 months, they will also do the surgery for Palate and then Jeet can eat well and improve a lot with his speech. We are also thankful to them for giving our family a reason to smile too”.
Moreover, they were still reeling under the debt created for the cleft surgery of Jeet’s mother five years back. So, treatment of Jeet was a far cry for them.
However, a Project Animator of ABMSS met the family during the scheduled search and awareness camp and identified Jeet with a cleft lip and palate. He assured that their son’s case could be treated with multiple surgeries and without any cost.
Once stricken, twice shy
Jeet with his mother before surgery
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