“That’s the thing about working this job day in day out. You know the miracle will happen, but every once in a while, a kid will really drive that home as remind you how amazing it is.” -Lauren Wall, miraclefeet Program Manager
Lauren’s back in Nicaragua, and this time, she shares with us a story about an amazing child named Jorgito:
Jorgito is a young boy born with clubfoot, who has lived five blocks from a hospital his entire life. And he never got treated.
But all of that changed a little less than a year ago. miraclefeet partnered with Ponseti International to conduct a training at the public hospital right outside Jorgito’s backdoor. After this training, the Ponseti program at the hospital picked up speed and notoriety, alerting children and families around Nicaragua that accessible and affordable treatment was available. And one of those children was Jorgito.
At the time, he was five years old and had never been treated. His feet were a mess and heartbreaking to see. miraclefeet Program Manager Lauren met Jorgito in May when she visited Nicaragua. He was on his fifth cast at the time. And his parents were ready to give up. Already at five years old, children have learned to walk in a painful, modified way on their clubfeet, and if not diligent, the treatment can seem slow. Unfamiliar with the process, Jorgito’s parents pushed for surgery. But miraclefeet’s partner doctors explained to them what we know to be true—the Ponseti Method is safer, less expensive and successful in 95% of cases. It is the gold standard for clubfoot treatment in developed and developing countries.
Parents cannot be expected to know this though. Once again, the importance of good counseling and communication between doctors and parents is essential. (You may recall our story about Marli (http://miraclefeet.tumblr.com/post/28568642062/story-behind-photo-of-the-day-marli-and-me), an amazing nurse in Brazil, who devotes substantial time and effort to educating families about treatment. It is the key to continued success.)
Lauren returned to Nicaragua last week. And she was pleased to see Jorgito back—and in a brace! Not only were his castings completed, but he had been in the brace for 15 days, 23 hours a day. And he is already able to walk during his one hour off!
Everyone is so excited for Jorgito’s transformation, no more so than Lauren who has watched them throughout this journey: “Seeing Jorgito walk, slowly but surely, and giving him a high five, seeing how happy he and his parents were, reminded me of how amazing and life changing this work is.”
Here’s to a million more high fives.
To read about more patient journeys, like Jorgito’s: http://www.miraclefeet.org/patient-stories/index.php
To learn more about the Ponseti Method: http://www.miraclefeet.org/ponseti/index.php
To donate and give the gift of walking: https://npo.networkforgood.org/Donate/Donate.aspx?npoSubscriptionId=1001406