Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan emphasizes on the necessity of early diagnosis and timely treatment of cleft among children, which, if left unattended, can lead to difficulties in breathing, speaking, eating, ENT infections and other complications.
The actress, who is the Global Goodwill Ambassador of Smile Train, a children's charity dealing with the treatment of cleft lip and palate was present at Mumbai's NH SRCC Children's Hospital (a partner hospital of Smile Train India) on the birth anniversary of her father Late Krishnaraj Rai on November 20, which is celebrated as the 'Day of Smiles'.
Speaking at the event Aishwarya emphasized on the need for early diagnosis and treatment of cleft and said: "Being a mother is a great feeling and it is a blessing that a lot of us are so grateful for. But I feel it is extremely important for a mother to be empowered with the information and knowledge for the betterment of their children at all times throughout their lifetime. Birth differences like cleft can be detected at a very early stage, as early as 20 weeks of pregnancy via an ultrasound scan. This will help your child receive timely treatment and prevent further complications and thus enable to live their life to its fullest potential."
“I am able to remember my father, his vision, his legacy through the good work that you are doing today. So, thank you. Six Lakh surgeries by Smile Train! That's the good work that we are witnessing today. It is a very remarkable milestone! The impact it has created in so many children's lives and their families, so, God bless you all."
The actress also emphasized on the need to spread awareness especially among expectant mothers in our country where more than 35,000 babies are born with a cleft every year.
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