The First Steps in Treatment Journey for MiracleFeet’s 50,000th Patient
When Raes was born in Uganda in early September—with a severe birth defect, in the midst of a global pandemic—his mother, Robinah, was scared. She had never seen a child with a deformity like his.
The midwife at the hospital where Robinah delivered explained the condition to her, which calmed her anxiety some, but she was still worried —about perception, about pain the treatment might cause, and about finding and paying for care. Robinah’s midwife told her about MiracleFeet’s partner in Uganda, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Uganda (CoRSU).
“Midwives have a lot of helpful information, so try to be as friendly to your midwife as possible, because they will advise you accordingly. I am a perfect example of someone who didn’t know about clubfoot and whether it could be corrected until a midwife pointed me in the right direction.”
Three weeks after giving birth, Robinah traveled to the CoRSU hospital to seek treatment for Raes. He became the 50,000th patient MiracleFeet’s partners have supported.
Upon arrival, the CoRSU staff took Robinah and Raes’ temperatures as a COVID precaution before showing them inside to the registration desk. 927 children in Uganda have safely received treatment at 21 MiracleFeet-supported clinics since the start of the pandemic.
After registration, Raes was weighed and his feet were examined and photographed before casts were applied. Raes, who Robinah describes as a happy, calm baby who loves to eat and sleep, slept through most of the appointment, but woke up during casting.
On the same day as Raes’ treatment, CoRSU celebrated MiracleFeet’s milestone of reaching 50,000 children with treatment. The event was an opportunity to raise awareness about clubfoot and the clubfoot program in Uganda (a country with over 2,200 new cases per year).
When asked what she would want other parents to learn from her experience, she ponders before answering, “when you give birth to a child with a disability such as clubfoot, I urge mothers not to fear. These children are normal like any other.”
Even during a major health crisis, the system MiracleFeet and partners have created to reach children born with clubfoot is working. Mothers like Robinah, who have skilled care at birth, are increasingly more likely to receive immediate guidance on treating their child’s condition.
Every day worldwide, between 50 – 100 parents are referred to MiracleFeet’s partners—orthopedic and physiotherapy specialists working at 300+ clinics in 29 countries—where they find assurance, treatment, and a community of support.
“My dream is to see my son stand and play on his two feet,” said Robinah gazing at Raes.
Our very best wishes to Raes and his family. Thank you for being an important part of MiracleFeet’s story. We look forward to following your treatment journey.
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