Our partner in India, Santosh, told us this story about a miraclefeet patient.
Rehmat Mohammad and Shakila after their marriage migrated to Mumbai from a remote village in Uttar Pradesh in search of some job opportunities to sustain their life. Since they couldn’t find enough resource to support their lives in Mumbai city, they opted to further move to a place near Thane, which is an emerging satellite industrial township adjacent to Mumbai.
Rahmat works as a weaver whereas Shakila apart from being a busy home maker works making ‘decoration articles’ at home.
Their first four children born were girls. Rehmat and Shkila wanted to keep trying until they had a boy. Their fifth child was a boy but was born with hearing and speech impairment. They decided to go for one more child and this time they got a boy with clubfoot, Juaid Rehmat. Thinking Juaid Rehmat could not lead a normal life, they decided to go for another child and this seventh child is now 5 months old.
This family initially took Juaid Rehmat Ansari to a hospital in Mumbai for clubfoot treatment and couldn’t successfully complete the treatment. But they came to know that miraclefeet, in partnership with CURE, has established a weekly clubfoot clinic at the nearest government/public district hospital in Bhivandi and they resumed non-surgical treatment. Life of this nine-member family in a one-room house is a challenge but they all are happy that little Rehmat is saved from life time disability.
There are over 230 children like Rehmat who are successfully getting free treatment in 12 weekly clubfoot clinics located at public hospitals in Maharashtra, a state that has 113 M population and has an estimate of ten children born with clubfoot every day!