The journey to healthy feet is not always straightforward; at times, parents must help their children navigate an unsuccessful treatment before finding the best care. Sarah, who was born in 2010 with clubfoot affecting her left foot, was initially treated with kite casts for 11 months until she was able to be seen at a Ponseti clinic. Her clubfoot treatment has included helping her through relapse, but she’s well on her way to walking on healthy feet. Sarah’s mother describes their experiences during treatment, and her wishes for other families. She says, “My child started treatment for clubfoot when she was 7 days old. I went through a lot, and I would cry when my baby cried because of the casts. But then I accepted it, and started coming to the Ponseti clinic in April 2011. Later, I stopped attending the clinic due to some challenges I was facing, but I realised that my child was getting worse again. I want to urge all parents to always come with their children for treatment as requested. Though it can be difficult at times, parents need to stay strong for the sake of their children. I urge them not to despair - other people may laugh at you, but you must not lose hope.”
Josephine’s bilateral clubfoot was diagnosed before she was born, and her family in Liberia hoped to find treatment for her. She had received previous treatments elsewhere, but unfortunately they did not completely correct her feet. Josephine was later evaluated at a miraclefeet-supported clinic in coordination with our Liberia partner, FACORC, when she was almost 6 years old. With a series of casts and a tenotomy - a minor surgical technique that is part of the Ponseti method of treatment - her feet have been gradually corrected.
miraclefeet has helped support treatment for over 11,000 children like Josephine. With your help, we can reach more.
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!
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