Dukuly was born in 2012 in Liberia, and at birth his left foot was affected by clubfoot. Referred by his family and doctors to miraclefeet’s partner clinics in Liberia, managed by FACORC, Dukuly was able to enroll in treatment with miraclefeet’s support, and utilizing the gold standard for clubfoot treatment – the Ponseti method – has made progress in achieving healthy feet. Miraclefeet is committed to ensuring that children born with clubfoot in Liberia continue to receive care. In the second half of 2014, over 4,000 Liberians died from the Ebola virus. We are pleased to report that as of March 10, 2015, no new Ebola cases had been reported in Liberia for 10 days. During the height of the outbreak, our partner, FACORC (Faith Clinical Orthopedic Rehab Center), continued to treat clubfoot patients who are able to attend clinic and were symptom-free. They also answered the call from the Liberian government, by educating patients and their communities on the prevention of the Ebola Virus. In response to the crisis, miraclefeet raised funds to provide supplies and support outreach activities at the hospitals and in the communities that FACORC serves.
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.
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!
miraclefeet has created a testing protocol for our new brace, which will help us gather feedback from doctors and parents about its efficacy, ease of use, comfort and parental compliance over a two-month period that started last week. This beta testing period in Nicaragua will enable doctors and clinic coordinators to assess the brace four times over the next two months - once at the first visit and then after one week, three weeks and two months.
This beta test allows us to gather data about the testing protocol itself so that we will be able streamline and standardize the process in each of the other test countries (which are the US, Brazil, India and South Africa).
In our first week of testing in Nicaragua, the most common anecdotal feedback we got from moms was that the brace is easier and faster to put on because the shoes can be put on separately from the bar and because the shoe is a traditional-style shoe. They also said that their children liked it more and they were pleased that their children could stand in it.
For five years, Jorgito went without clubfoot treatment and lived with this disability, although his home was only five blocks from the public hospital in Leon, Nicaragua. For five years he struggled, walking on the sides of his feet and unable to join in raucous games with his two older brothers.
All this changed a little over a year ago, when miraclefeet opened a clinic in the hospital right outside Jorgito's back door. News of the clinic spread quickly and Jorgito's parents were some of the first to arrive to seek treatment. Jorgito's feet were severely calloused and twisted.
After only 8 casts and 2 months, Jorgito is now walking properly for the first time ever! He is able to attend school and play with his friends. Treatment means Jorgito now has the chance to walk, run and even play soccer!
In the past year, miraclefeet has supported the treatment of over 270 children like Jorgito in Nicaragua with clubfoot because of the support of donors like you.Thank you!
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