India: Cursed from birth?

Vinay, 3, and his aunt Parvatrani wait to see a doctor for a post-surgery visit to Central India Christian Mission

“People said Vinay (a 3-year-old born with a cleft lip and palate), was cursed…that he did something wrong in the past. Children would not play with him. They would mock the family,” laments Vinay’s aunt,┬áParvatrani.

Vinay recently returned to his village after receiving surgery at Central India Christian Mission from volunteer doctors of the LEAP Foundation. “When he went back, people said they were wrong to be mean. They accept him as a normal child now and he can go to school,” adds Parvatrani.

Call to action: The medical specialists with Life Enhancement Association for People (LEAP) Foundation are real heroes to these children. Check out their work as they partner with Central India Christian Mission to restore lives.

All Photographs copyright Gary S. Chapman

(Nikon D800, 50mm f1.4, 1/2500 sec, f1.4, ISO 640)


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