Recently, our CURE Malawi Clubfoot Team travelled around to follow up with our patients to see how they are doing now that they are clubfoot free!
“We are happy! We thought she would never be able to walk. It’s not what we expected, so we are glad. We know that without God there is nothing we can achieve in life. So we are trusting Him for what we need. Coming to CURE has encouraged our faith,” say parents Andrea and Mercy. Their baby Natasha was first brought for treatment at CURE’s clubfoot clinic in November 2016.
Natasha was only two weeks old when we first met her. Now, she’s over a year old! When she first came she had severe clubfoot on her left foot and ended up having five casts. Now, however, her feet are straight and she only needs to wear her special shoes with braces during the night.
As well as being born with clubfoot, Natasha was also born with Down Syndrome and has been diagnosed with asthma, too.
Although, Natasha’s clubfoot treatment has come along nicely, at least 80% of children born with clubfoot go without proper treatment.
In this society, there’s not a lot of support for children or adults with disabilities. There’s also a lot of stigma and misunderstanding.
Along with the Ponseti method which treats the clubfoot physically, CURE also hires and trains local counsellors to work with patients and their families. Our counsellors bring emotional and spiritual healing, and tell families that their child is not cursed (a common belief) and that the disability is not a result of anything they did.
Often this is the first time, the child and their family has met someone who accepts them just as they are, and see them with nothing but love.