Precious was born with bilateral clubfoot. Like any new parents, Precious’ mom and dad didn’t expect their baby to be born with a deformity, having grown up in families free of disabilities. They couldn’t believe what they were seeing: a child with crippled feet. It took time to sink in that they had a child with a deformity.
Even though health personnel explained the condition could be healed, they were skeptical of the method to be used to attain the needed correction. They imagined Precious going through surgery and immense pain just to get his feet corrected. Precious was small and innocent, and the idea that he should go through such painful process was an insult to injury.
Two days after his birth, Precious’ parents were referred to a clubfoot clinic run by CURE and its partners. They received a warm welcome from both the health workers and our clubfoot counselor. The counselor encouraged them that the condition could be healed if they stuck to health personnel’s advice and had faith.
Precious’ parents were relieved to see other children in the “bracing stage” whose feet were corrected. This increased their faith and willingness to see Precious’ feet corrected.
Like many parents seeking clubfoot treatment for their children, they struggled with transportation issues issues considering the long distance they needed to travel to the clinic. Long distance had been the main challenge as they lived in in a village in Machinga. The days are very hot there, even at 6 a.m. The area has no access to public transportation; the only mode of transportation is either by bicycle or by foot. Precious’ family had to walk to the clinic each and every week for three hours.
During treatment, a CURE clubfoot counselor visited them at home, encouraging them with the word of God and advising them to continue adhering to the treatment process.
Now Precious’ feet are corrected. The family is so happy and never expected this miracle. Precious is now in the bracing stage, where he wears the braces during the night only. It was not an easy road to get his feet corrected.