Dr Adenwalla came to the Jubilee Mission Hospital in Thrissur over 50 years ago. Over the years he built up the department from scratch into the busy cleft center it is nowadays. The Charles Pinto Cleft center was for instance the first unit on the Indian peninsula to be adopted by the Smile Train initiative when it started in the year 2000.
Due to this long standing commitment Dr Adenwalla’s department attracts cleft patients from all over India. Because of the structural financial support he gets the majority of these patients are treated for free. The department is well structured, so cleft surgery is performed at the highest level and according to a strict protocol. The experience and exposure to cleft surgery at this department is unsurpassed, so previous fellows have come away feeling motivated and impressed.
Thrissur can be best reached by flying into Cochin, a port city in the south of India. Travelling to the hospital takes a 60min taxi ride from the airport of Cochin. Fellows usually stay in hotel opposite from the hospital, which is in a quite area of town.
The fellowship is busy, with cleft surgery in two parallel theaters every day. The unit has specialists from different backgrounds fully integrated into the daily cleft care protocols, often operating together on a case. Scrubbing in is limited for fellows due to local regulations. The large number of surgeries combined with the knowledge and commitment of the surgical staff however makes this an unique and most rewarding experience for anyone seriously interested in cleft care.
Click here for an impression of this unit in India.