When Violet was born, we loved her tiny, crooked feet. At 4 months, Violet was diagnosed with bilateral clubfoot, and we learned she would need medical intervention in order to eventually stand and walk properly. After 7 months of full leg casts, a minor surgery on her achilles tendons, and 3 months of wearing her "boots n bar" 23 hours a day, Violet's feet are straight and even more beautiful than before. She continues to wear her leg braces at night, and will do so until she is around 5 years old to prevent a relapse. It has been quite a journey, and she has handled everything with grace and with a big smile on her face.
We feel so fortunate to live in Boston with access to some of the best medical care in the country. We were saddened to learn that 80% of children born with clubfoot in low resource countries have limited or no access to treatment. In honor of Violet's First Birthday and her Clubfoot journey, please consider making a donation to Miraclefeet, a wonderful charity that uses donations to set up clubfoot clinics to treat children in these communities. "Clubfoot affects one out of every 750 children worldwide, making it one of the most common birth defects in the world. In developing countries, children living with untreated clubfoot face incredible hurdles their whole lives. Along with stigma and discrimination, they are often left alone and hidden away because the family is ashamed. Because walking is so difficult, they are among the least likely to enjoy the benefits of education and health care. Even worse, children with clubfoot are subject to higher risks of neglect, poverty, physical, and sexual abuse." - MiracleFeet
We feel so much for these families, especially as clubfoot is such a solvable condition, and treatment gives a child the gift of standing, walking, and moving pain free. It only costs $250 to treat a child with clubfoot in a developing country. We are so grateful for the support of our doctors at Boston Children's Hospital, and you, our families and friends. Any donation, big or small, will make a huge impact and will mean a lot to us.
Katie, Steve, and Violet