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!
Allan was the second patient at the miraclefeet-supported clubfoot clinic within the public hospital in Leon, Nicaragua. He came in for casting for the first time in May 2012. Our U.S. staff had the chance to meet Allan and his parents at the Leon clinic this month. His mom told us she had researched the Ponseti method after taking Allan to a doctor at a different hospital who was doing short casts on him. She felt they were not correcting his clubfoot and that the doctor she had been going to must not have been trained in Ponseti, the gold standard treatment for children with clubfoot. She soon found out about the miraclefeet-supported clinic at the public hospital and brought him there instead. Allan is now nine months old and is lively, smiley and on his feet!
Last week we held the first meeting for our new parent text messaging program, Step by Step – Paso a Paso - at Hospital Velez Paiz in Managua, Nicaragua. Thirteen families are participating in the test of the system and we held a focus group in order to get their input on its initial design. The families are very excited about testing the program. Many have expressed feeling isolated and alone during parts of their child’s clubfoot treatment and they are pleased that they and other parents are now receiving support and information to help them navigate their child’s long-term treatment. Our miraclefeet program manager, Lauren Wall, is working with Mackensie Yore of Stanford University, who designed the project, and NC State University student Taylor Craig, the miraclefeet intern who has been managing the project. Here are a few quotes about the project from the parents who participated and some photos of the focus group:
We are thrilled to measure the success of this new component of the parent support program and to help bring it to our partner clinics across the world.
Dr. Mario Sequeira, Ponseti trainer and miraclefeet partner, recently gave a Ponseti Method training in Bluefields, located on the Nicaragua Atlantic coast. Doctors from the Trauma and Orthopedics Department, as well as the medical students, physical therapists, and nurses that will assist them in providing Ponseti treatment to patients at Hospital Ernesto Sequeira Blanco, miraclefeet’s newest partner in Nicaragua. The practitioners at Hospital ESB are excited and motivated to be a part of the Ponseti movement in Nicaragua, making Ponseti Method the preferred treatment for clubfoot country-wide. Bluefields is geographically divided from populous western-Nicaragua, where two miraclefeet partner-clinics are located, and the journey on land can take more than 10 hours. Having treatment readily available in Bluefields supports the eastern and coastal communities. Furthermore, Hospital ESB is a teaching hospital where residents and medical students will learn the method and use it in their future. Over 20 children are expected to be treated with the Ponseti Method in Bluefields in the next 12 months.
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