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When Superstition Hurts

When Thanvish was born with a cleft lip and palate, her parents knew their neighbors would blame them.

Her mother, Dipika, said, “In our village, they say if you are pregnant and cut vegetables during a solar eclipse, then your child will be born with a cut on his ear, or lip, or hand.”  

Her father, Sanghmesh, said, “After she was born, my heart broke when I saw her cleft lip.  I knew she would have a hard life.”

Thanvish couldn’t drink from a bottle, so they fed her with a spoon.  She barely got any milk that way, so she was always malnourished and sick.

“She choked and coughed a lot, and threw up the little milk she could drink,” said Dipika.  “And she had a fever all the time.  It made me so sad.”

Thanvish’s dad works as a day laborer, and could never save enough for surgery.   

Sanghmesh said, “I considered selling myself as a bonded slave to someone.  That is the only way I could get the money for my daughter’s surgery.”

When CBN learned about Thanvish through the hospital, we said we would pay for the baby’s surgery.  Soon, Thanvish got the operation she so desperately needed.

Sanghmesh said, “We were very happy.  She looked so pretty.”

Not long after the operation, Thanvish was back home and eating well.

“She used to be sick all the time, but not anymore,” said Dipika.  “No more choking or coughing, and no fever.  CBN helped us so much when we were in need. I want to say a big thank you to them.”

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