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Approximately 1 million children in the world live with clubfoot, making it one of the most common congenital birth defects. Clubfoot not only results in a life of disability, but also a dramatic decrease in earning potential, which almost certainly results in an impoverished life. Clubfoot is a curable disease, and thanks to the Ponseti Method, now considered to be the gold standard in clubfoot treatment, it can be treated without invasive surgery and at very low cost. miraclefeet partners with Ponseti International and organizations like CURE International to establish clubfoot clinics in some of the most impoverished regions of the world. At miraclefeet we are dedicated to providing free ...
Aug 15, 2014

Update on Ebola Virus in Liberia from FACORC clubfoot clinic

Patients and caregivers outside of FACORC.
Patients and caregivers outside of FACORC.

Our heart goes out to the people of West Africa and the countries that our currently being highly impacted by the Ebola Virus, including Liberia where nearly 300 people have already died from the virus. We wanted to share an update from Augustine Chiewolo, the director of our partner clinic in Liberia, FACORC (Faith Clinical Orthopedic Rehab Center). FACORC is seeing the impact of the declared state of emergency daily. Augustine has confirmed that the outbreak and restrictions are unfortunately affecting their ability to treat new and existing clubfoot patients as travel is restricted, community outreach has been halted and assembling groups of patients is discouraged. Despite these precautions, FACORC’s team continues to treat clubfoot patients who are able to attend clinic and are symptom-free.  They are using precautions to avoid possible contamination and are taking the opportunity to educate families on the spread of Ebola. 

FACORC had a conference call with the Minister of Health last week (August 2014) who said that the state of emergency declared by the president is in effect for at least 90 days and that any hope of repressing the Ebola situation is now beyond the reach of the government of Liberia. As a nation, Liberia is seeking international help and this help has been confirmed over the weekend via the World Health Organization and the announcement of several large foundation grants.
 
We are pleased that the government and large funders have stepped in. We will continue to update you on how to best be supportive of our work there. We encourage you to donate to Global Giving's Ebola campaign for which all donations are currently being matched.
Jul 25, 2014

Silvio's Story

Silvio before treatment.
Silvio before treatment.

When Silvio’s mother found out that her son had clubfoot through an ultrasound, she   researched on-line but wasn’t able to find much information in Spanish. Luckily Ivannia and Silvio live in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital city, where she found our partner clubfoot clinic at Hospital Velez Paiz. She was thrilled that her son could access excellent treatment with Dr. Sequeira and Dr. Flores! She also learned valuable information and techniques about bracing from Rebeca, our National Coordinator, and Katherine, our Clinic Assistant. Ivannia was grateful that she could access reliable information and help in her own language. She is thankful that this support was available close to her home, and is glad that miraclefeet plans to expand to the Atlantic coast so that no child born with clubfoot in Nicaragua goes untreated. As for Silvio, he is learning how to kick a soccer ball and loves to play on his kid-sized motorcycle. This is only possible because his feet are now corrected!

Silvio after treatment.
Silvio after treatment.

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May 29, 2014

Treating clubfoot: Helping newborn to school-aged children

Family in Liberia with their week old child.
Family in Liberia with their week old child.

Community outreach is so important, and our partner clinic staff members and volunteers in Liberia are absolute pros at it. We recently received a grant to buy them a new vehicle to improve their ability to provide outreach in remote areas of Liberia.

This couple below recently found out about FACORC and were truly happy to have found a place where their one-week-old child can be treated. The mother said she had been ashamed to bring her child outdoors because of the deformity. Here they are before and after his first casts.

This older boy is being treated for clubfoot and is benefiting from miraclefeet-supported academic scholarship. Thanks for supporting this important work in Liberia!

Baby
Baby's first cast thanks to FACORC
He received an academic scholarship from FACORC
He received an academic scholarship from FACORC
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