When Paulo was born in a Dar es Salaam hospital, his mother Stella was surprised when her medical team came to her immediately after delivery with some news. The doctor told Stella, “Your son was born with a congenital deformity of the foot. But this can be corrected at CCBRT.”
Clubfoot is a congenital deformity where the foot tends to be smaller than normal, with the heel pointing downward and the forefoot turning inward. If left untreated, the deformity will not go away. It will continue to get worse over time and the person will walk on the outside of his/her foot and mobility can be severely restricted.
What is encouraging about Paulo’s story is the doctor immediately knew to refer him for treatment. If left untreated, clubfoot can be much harder to correct. Thanks to the doctor’s training, the condition was identified in a very timely manner.
Stella left the hospital with her newborn son. When she arrived back home, her neighbors saw the baby’s feet and asked her to take Paulo to CCBRT. Stella shared “They told me Paulo’s feet would only get worse when growing older. It is best to take him to the hospital when he is still young. So I took Paulo to CCBRT when he was one-month-old.”
Stella arrived at CCBRT hospital and sat in the waiting area. ”While waiting for my time I gained a lot of confidence and great hope that my son will be fine because I saw other kids with impairments which were even worse than my son’s and I could hear successful stories from other parents whose children had clubfoot.” She was even more encouraged to learn that treatment for children under five-years-old is free at CCBRT.
Paulo went through the Ponseti method for correcting clubfoot using a series of castings. Thanks to the maternal health team that identified Paulo’s condition, the neighbors who encouraged Stella to take quick action, and the dedicated doctors at CCBRT, Paulo will be able to live a full, active, and productive life free of impaiment.