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Bringing back the smiles

Persons having facial deformities, cleft lip and burns were operated upon and given a normal look at a free surgery camp organised in the city.

A SMILE is a beautiful expression of joy and delight. Sometimes, it just disappears from the faces of certain people due to reasons well beyond their control. Facial deformities, burns or a cleft lip or palate can disfigure the face and take the smile out.

Burns take months, and in some cases, even longer to heal. Those with a cleft lip or palate go through a lot of trauma while coming to terms with the way they look.

Earlier, these people did not have a way out. Now, thanks to medical advancement, they can be given a new life through surgical procedures.

However, such treatment is at times way beyond the reach of the economically weaker sections.

In an effort to help such patients, a free cleft lip, palate and burns surgery camp was jointly organised by the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Midtown, Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, Coimbatore, Interplast, Germany and the Tropical Foundation, Kunnamkulam. "An eight-member medical team from Interplast, Germany, headed by plastic surgeon Dr. Nuri Alamuti performed about 100 corrective surgeries for burn contractures, cleft lip and palate surgery at the 11-day camp," said S. Inderchand, project Chairman.

The beneficiaries included a large number of women and children, who had been suffering from mental agony, psychological problems and lack of confidence.

Facial deformities were corrected and the patients got back to looking normal after the surgery, he noted.

Immobility can turn life into hell. Those with stiffness in the neck, arms, fingers and toes were also operated upon. "Patients who were fully immobile and had facial deformities went back home smiling," he said.

M. ALLIRAJAN

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