The Happy Feet

Nicole, 5, twirls and prances around the room while her parents were being interviewed. A vivacious child, she shows no sign of having gone through a gruelling ordeal.  vivacious child, she shows no sign of having gone through a gruelling ordeal.

 

Nicole was born with unilateral clubfoot, one of the most common congenital skeletal deformities.

 

“I was dumbfounded when I saw her deformed right leg. I couldn’t come to grips with the fact that our little princess has a disability. I kept asking why it happened. Aiza and I ensured that she had a safe and healthy pregnancy. We went to the doctor diligently for checkups, she took vitamins and ate healthy foods…so why?” says Fidel.

 

After the initial shock has waned off, Aiza was determined to have her daughter’s clubfoot be treated. Through the help of her aunt, they brought her to a hospital. Initial serial casting was performed. Unfortunately, everything fell through when the doctor recommended surgery.

 

“We didn’t have the money to pay for the operation. I don’t have a job and my husband is only earning a meager income as a market vendor.”

 

Undeterred, Nanay Aiza remained positive that someone would come to their aid.

 

“The lack of financial resources is not reason enough for me to stop looking for ways. I don’t want Nicole to blame me later on that I did nothing to help her. I shudder to think what her life would be if she grew up with disability and get bullied.”

 

As fate would have it, she met someone who informed her that SIMON was looking for children with clubfoot for their “Walk with Me Ponseti Project” at the Galilee Resource Center.

 

“Things happened so fast. Days after I inquired about the Ponseti services in June of 2013, Nicole had her first serial casting at Galilee. What’s more, she was lucky enough to be part of the pioneer Ponseti clients so we were able to avail of the four-year treatment package for free!”

 

Although relieved of the financial obligation, their four-year journey was by no means an easy one. The treatment was a long and tedious process.

 

“She had eight casting sessions (once per week) until she had the tenotomy procedure and the final casting (3 sessions). After the final cast was removed, she was fitted with Ponseti brace which she had to wear for four years.”

 

Looking back, the couple could only laugh at how they had made it through.

 

“We had lost count on how many times we visited Galilee for casting sessions, brace fitting and repair and evaluation. We spent many sleepless nights rocking her to sleep. She was uncomfortable, irritable and kept on crying. It was especially hard when she had to wear the brace for 24 hours. Although it broke our heart to see her cry and suffer, we remained steadfast in our resolve to strictly adhere to the treatment plan. She got used to the brace eventually but it was a struggle in the first few years.”

 

On September 2017, Nicole finally completed her treatment program. She was one of the very first graduates of the project.

 

“It was one of the happiest moments of our life. Seeing her clubfoot completely healed has been worth all the painstaking sacrifices, sweats and tears!”

 

Now four years old, Nicole enjoys a typical childhood - she attends school, plays with her friends, watches her favorite cartoon shows and grooves to the latest dance craze.

 

“Ponseti has made a big difference in the life of our daughter. Other than having a slightly smaller right foot, people will hardly notice that she had had clubfoot. She walks, runs, jumps and dances without difficulty. Availing of early intervention for her clubfoot has spared her a lifetime of pain and discomfort as well as the burden of having a disability.”

 

Aiza’s advice to parents who have children with clubfoot?

 

“Don’t despair. Clubfoot is treatable. The sooner you bring them to Galilee for Ponseti the better. The treatment works and the staff are amazing. Trust me, I know.”

 

Indeed, the future looks bright for their little girl who loves to dance and dreams of being a nurse someday.

 

“We had lost count on how many times we visited Galilee for casting sessions, brace fitting and repair and evaluation. We spent many sleepless nights rocking her to sleep. She was uncomfortable, irritable and kept on crying. It was especially hard when she had to wear the brace for 24 hours. Although it broke our heart to see her cry and suffer, we remained steadfast in our resolve to strictly adhere to the treatment plan. She got used to the brace eventually but it was a struggle in the first few years.”

 

On September 2017, Nicole finally completed her treatment program. She was one of the very first graduates of the project.

 

“It was one of the happiest moments of our life. Seeing her clubfoot completely healed has been worth all the painstaking sacrifices, sweats and tears!”

 

Now four years old, Nicole enjoys a typical childhood - she attends school, plays with her friends, watches her favorite cartoon shows and grooves to the latest dance craze.

 

“Ponseti has made a big difference in the life of our daughter. Other than having a slightly smaller right foot, people will hardly notice that she had had clubfoot. She walks, runs, jumps and dances without difficulty. Availing of early intervention for her clubfoot has spared her a lifetime of pain and discomfort as well as the burden of having a  disability.”

 

Aiza’s advice to parents who have children with clubfoot?

 

“Don’t despair. Clubfoot is treatable. The sooner you bring them to Galilee for Ponseti the better. The treatment works and the staff are amazing. Trust me, I know.”

 

Indeed, the future looks bright for their little girl who loves to dance and dreams of being a nurse someday.

 

“We had lost count on how many times we visited Galilee for casting sessions, brace fitting and repair and evaluation. We spent many sleepless nights rocking her to sleep. She was uncomfortable, irritable and kept on crying. It was especially hard when she had to wear the brace for 24 hours. Although it broke our heart to see her cry and suffer, we remained steadfast in our resolve to strictly adhere to the treatment plan. She got used to the brace eventually but it was a struggle in the first few years.”

 

On September 2017, Nicole finally completed her treatment program. She was one of the very first graduates of the project.

 

“It was one of the happiest moments of our life. Seeing her clubfoot completely healed has been worth all the painstaking sacrifices, sweats and tears!”

 

Now four years old, Nicole enjoys a typical  childhood - she attends school, plays with her friends, watches her favorite cartoon shows and grooves to the latest dance craze.

 

“Ponseti has made a big difference in the life of our daughter. Other than having a slightly smaller right foot, people will hardly notice that she had had clubfoot. She walks, runs, jumps and dances without difficulty. Availing of early intervention for her clubfoot has spared her a lifetime of pain and discomfort as well as the burden of having a disability.”

 

Aiza’s advice to parents who have children with clubfoot?

 

“Don’t despair. Clubfoot is treatable. The sooner you bring them to Galilee for Ponseti the better. The treatment works and the staff are amazing. Trust me, I know.”

 

Indeed, the future looks bright for their little girl who loves to dance and dreams of being a nurse someday.

The Ponseti Project was introduced as a new service of the Galilee Resource Center on May 2013 by two Australian volunteers, Ms. Phoebe Thomson and Mr. Thomas Bevitt,. The project was launched with the support of Steve Mannion, Mr. Michiel Steenbeek and Dr. Julyn Aguilar, renowned experts for Ponseti and CBM Consultants.

 

Currently, Miracle Feet is providing sponsorship for children with clubfoot undergoing Ponseti treatment at the Galilee Resource Center.

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DSWD Authority No. DSWD-SB-A-1647-2017

The Ponseti Project was introduced as a new service of the Galilee Resource Center on May 2013 by two Australian volunteers, Ms. Phoebe Thomson and Mr. Thomas Bevitt,. The project was launched with the support of Steve Mannion, Mr. Michiel Steenbeek and Dr. Julyn Aguilar, renowned experts for Ponseti and CBM Consultants. Currently, Miracle Feet is providing sponsorship for children with clubfoot undergoing Ponseti treatment at the Galilee Resource Center.