Ashish Mathur

Ashish Mathur

Cleft Lip and Cleft Deformity
December, 2017

Ashish stays with his parents, Shishupal and Laxmi in Faridabad. Shishupal is an auto driver who earns 5000 rupees per month.  Laxmi is a housewife who stays at home to take care of their child. Ashish is a very naughty child who loves to play with toys and enjoys playing with his best friend Kishan, who stays in his neighborhood.

Ashish was born with cleft palate deformities. Due to the absence of a palate he was unable to consume his mother’s milk, as the milk would flow through his nose. The only way he could be fed was with the help of a spoon or a small nipple bottle. Ashish was underweight since he was not getting enough nutrients due to feeding difficulties. His parents were extremely sad seeing their child suffer but they could not afford his treatment. On 10th October 2017 a health camp was conducted in Faridabad, Haryana. A doctor from Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) advised the family to visit the hospital for free consultation. Following the consultation, Ashish had a successful cleft palate correction surgery on 7th December 2017 in FMRI. He has to undergo another surgery for cleft lip correction in another 2 years.

After this surgery Ashish can eat and drink, which will help ensure his healthy growth.

The surgery was supported by Fortis Foundation, Have a Heart Foundation and Mission Smile.