Kumari Sandhya, a girl with speech disorder and studying in class –VI in Govt Demonstration Multipurpose Secondary School Port Blair, was sent to Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai for surgery of her palate under SSA with the Smile Train India project.
Kumari Sandhya Devi feels very happy with surgery. She says that after the surgery she is able to talk clearly and produce sound with less efforts. Earlier she had problem in swallowing but now she feels better. She looks confident after surgery because her friends could understand her words and interact with her more now.
Her father Shri. Hari Shankar is very happy with the provision of free surgery under SSA. He says her speech is far more clear than before and all the members of the family are able to understand her speech. He states that now she is concentrating more in studies and doing well in her exams also. On behalf of his whole family, he expresses his gratitude to SSA UT Mission Andaman & Nicobar Islands and all officials for undertaking this initiative.