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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 ...
Dec 22, 2014

Fayah in Liberia

Fayah with his treated feet!
Fayah with his treated feet!

Fayah is a 14-year-old who was treated successfully for clubfoot after being identified by our partner organization in Liberia, FACORC, during outreach in Margibi County. He had severe neglected clubfoot which prevented him from walking normally and playing with his friends. According to Fayah, he has always been laughed at by his peer group; he was labeled as “crippled foot” or “crab foot” as clubfoot is commonly called in Liberia. Fayah was enrolled at FACORC clubfoot clinic in June of 2014 but had stopped coming due to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. FACORC staff performed a tenetomy in November 2014 (a normal part of Ponseti treatment that lengthens the Achilles tendon). After three more weeks of casting, Fayah’s casts were removed; he now walks normally. Fayah travels 45 miles every week to come to the clinic and miraclefeet/FACORC helps his family with transportation costs so that he can come.

Oct 16, 2014

Rolando in Managua

Rolondo before treatment.
Rolondo before treatment.

Rolando originally started his clubfoot treatment in Chontales, Nicaragua but received casts that were too short (improper Ponseti) that did not completely correct his clubfoot. Although the miraclefeet-supported clinic in Managua is far away from his hometown in Region Autonoma del Atlantica Sur, his parents say the long trip is worth it because of the quality of treatment they receive from Dr. Sequeira and Dr. Flores. Rolando’s corrected feet are especially important for them because they are in a very rural farming area where walking is the main mode of transportation. He loves to run around with the animals on the farm, particularly the pigs. His father is very grateful that his son is able to walk and play.  Thank you for helping us treat children like Rolando.

Rolondo after treatment.
Rolondo after treatment.
Sep 12, 2014

Liberia Update: Joining Together on Ebola and Clubfoot Outreach

Obadiah Before
Obadiah Before

Everyone reading this is likely following the West Africa Ebola crisis. As you might expect, FACORC, our partner organization in Liberia, has had to dramatically reduced their clubfoot clinic activities in its four miraclefeet-supported clinics in order to minimize any risk of Ebola exposure for patients and workers. They are still committed to community outreach about clubfoot and have added Ebola prevention outreach to their existing clubfoot-related education/outreach efforts.

The Liberian Ministry of Health has called upon all humanitarian organizations - including FACORC - to assist with current efforts to stop the spread of Ebola through community education on the prevention of transmission. FACORC and the Liberia Clubfoot Program, under the direction of Augustine Chiewolo, have responded to this request. In addition to providing outreach, miraclefeet received a list from the Ministry of Health of desperately needed supplies for people on the ground in Liberia and together our supporters have raised almost $4,000 to start sending these supplies. Augustine and miraclefeet are working together to send gear such as gloves, hand sanitizer and protective clothing to Liberia for workers there. 

Obadiah was sucessfully treated through casting before the Ebola outbreak started. He is now in the long-term night time bracing phase of Ponseti treatment. At nine, he is now walking on straight feet for the first time and is finally getting the opportunity to attend school.

Please consider donating to our efforts in Liberia today. FACORC is a trusted partner of the Ministry of Health; they are working hard across the country to stop the spread of Ebola while continuing to share information about clubfoot treatment in all of the places where people gather. Our hearts are with our partners at FACORC and their loved ones in this difficult time.

Obadiah After
Obadiah After

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