Jyothi was born with a cleft lip and palate to a farmer couple in Darbur village, Karnataka. She lived with an unrepaired cleft lip and palate for 14 years which hindered her eating, speaking or even breathing freely. She dropped out of primary school due to her low self-esteem and fear of social rejection. Jyothi was the first patient to be treated under the Muskaan initiative. After the surgery and with the continued support of the wonderful doctors at Smile Train India, Jyothi is now able to lead a normal life. She smiles often now and even has plans to go back to school just like every other girl in her village!