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Madurai hospital crosses milestone in cleft lip surgeries

Madurai’s Meenakshi Mission Hospital has made the state proud as it has crossed the milestone of conducing 11,000 free cleft lip and palate surgeries for children and adults since it initiated the program in 2003.

Madurai hospital crosses milestone in cleft lip surgeries
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“We have been conducting an average of two free cleft and palate repair surgeries every day, with most patients hailing from rural areas. However, the scale of the problem is huge,” said Dr S Gurushankar, Chairman of the hospital. 

“Without corrective surgery, children with untreated cleft face a lifetime of humiliation and suffering. Most parents do not realise that palate correction is a minor surgical procedure which hardly takes 45 minutes. However, a large proportion of such parents are not able to afford surgery. This is where our free surgery programmes are helpful to the society,” he added.

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