Three Brothers Receive Clubfoot Treatment in Paraguay

September 18, 2018

Hugo and his wife were thrilled when they learned they were expecting their first child. They had looked forward to starting a family, but when their first son Gerardo was born, the couple suddenly found themselves facing an unexpected obstacle: Gerardo had bilateral clubfoot.

Dad sits in waiting room chair. His son with untreated clubfoot stands next to him. Unfortunately, the parents did not receive very much information about the condition and believed it would eventually correct itself. Gerardo went to a hospital for treatment and received a few casts, but since his parents did not realize how serious the consequences of untreated clubfoot were, they did not continue with casting.

Two years later, Hugo and his wife had their second son, Alexander. To their shock, Alexander was also born with bilateral clubfoot. Hugo and his wife began to get worried and sought treatment for their sons. They were determined to have Gerardo and Alexander receive the help they needed so that the boys could walk and play freely.

Again, however, the family found themselves facing the unexpected: Hugo lost his job in the city. Without any options available in Asunción, Hugo made the decision to move his family to the country so he could work on a farm. Gerardo and Alexander, sadly, had to drop out of treatment.

younger brothers sit on mothers lap holding balloons during world clubfoot day celebration

Two years after their move to the country, they had a third son, Bruno, who was born with unilateral clubfoot. Reliable work in the city was hard to come by and the family was moving back and forth, the children going in and out of treatment. Eventually, one of the clinic providers saw the family at the hospital for another issue and convinced them to re-enroll the boys in treatment.

Now Gerardo is 5, Alexander is 3, and Bruno is nearly two. Gerardo has completed treatment without relapse, and the younger two boys are back in the casting phase. Clinic providers, social workers, and other staff have been instrumental in encouraging the family to stick with treatment despite the difficulties. The family even participated in World Clubfoot Day celebrations this past June!

We’re grateful for dedicated providers and persevering families. We’re rooting for everyone at Acosta Nu clinic in Asunción who is involved in this family clubfoot story and look forward to the day when these three brothers will be playing together, free of clubfoot disability.