Monica Sinte and her husband Basu Sinte is a happy couple on Saturday as they no longer need to take extra care for Suresh as he could take food on his own without any attention after a surgery conducted by Operation Smile and fully sponsored by NHPC Lower Subansiri hydro electric project authorities.
      
Suresh was among the 85 patients who undergone NHPC sponsored cleft surgery by Operation Smile from March to May last in Guwahati.
   
"My son was unable to take food easily and we have to take extra care while feeding him… but today we are relieved after his surgery ... We had no money to do the surgery on our own and was left with God’s mercy," said a visibly happy Monica, while attending the post- operative outreach camp at NHPC project site here today.

Parents of other patients like Roma Chetry, Putuli Pegu, Bitupon Sonowal and many others have expressed their gratitude to the NHPC authorities and Operation Smile group for their generous gesture in curing their children.
       
On February last NHPC executive director Rakesh had declared his intention to work towards surgical treatment and rehabilitation of all such people in the districts of Dhemaji and Norh Lakhimpur in neighbouring Assam besides Papum Pare, Lower Subansiri and West Siang in Arunachal Pradesh.

"I would like to see all the stakeholder districts adjacent to the Lower Subansiri roject as 'Cleft-free district' and that NHPC would strive to achieve this through Corporate Responsibility Scheme (CSR)," Rakesh declared while addressing the gathering.

"These were not just 85 patients but equal number of families who receive a new lease of life through the life-changing surgeries ... The transformation and rehabilitation of these 85 lives was made possible by the generosity of NHPC," commented Operation Smile Project Director (India) Dalip Pandey in his address to the gathering.

(Agencies)

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