I am a volunteer at Mobility Outreach International and I think that a child’s potential should never be squandered by correctable physical limitations. A club foot should not be given the power to take hold of someone’s future. Fifteen years ago, my parents were informed at an ultrasound appointment that I had been diagnosed with a club foot. My treatment started when I was three days old and concluded in 2016, when my orthopedic specialist deemed that I was in a stable enough condition that I would no longer need to be monitored. Correcting the defect involved one minor surgery, repeated casting and bracing, physical therapy, and much strength of character that I gained along the way. Not once throughout my journey was I put in a position of considerable pain, and even when casted, my mobility and ability to walk without aid was never sacrificed.
Today, I am a synchronized swimmer and am able to compete in national and international competitions. The only outward sign of the defect I was born with is a slight difference in size and flexibility of my right foot, and a minute scar on my ankle. The non-invasiveness and effectiveness of my treatment through Ponsetti inspires me to volunteer with MOi because I think that every child deserves to have the same active life and opportunities that I did, regardless of financial situation or the place they were born. In this way, MOi’s work is indispensable in the pursuit for a world without clubfoot as a disability, especially in areas of the world with fewer health resources.
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