“Daudi has congenital deformity of both feet (clubfeet),” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. Daudi is a 2-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. “Apart from the deformity of his feet, Daudi is healthy, happy, and feeds well.”
Clubfoot occurs when the tendons connecting the leg muscle to the foot bones are short and tight, causing the foot to twist inward. If left untreated, it will force Daudi to walk with the lateral aspect of his feet, which will affect his gait and cause him pain.
Daudi will undergo a four-month process to gently stretch and manipulate the foot into the correct position, which will be held by casts in between sessions. The initial treatment of clubfoot is non-surgical.
$1,160 will cover the full cost of Daudi’s treatment. While his parents are concerned for his condition, they are unable to fully support the cost of the treatment as they work as farmers and vendors in their village.
After treatment, “Daudi will not use the lateral aspect of his feet for walking,” AMHF tells us.
“I will be happy to see my son with straight feet, which will allow him to comfortably play with other children when he grows up,” Daudi’s mother shares.