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Success! Archiel from the Philippines raised $1,500 for clubfoot treatment to help him walk.

  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Archiel's treatment was fully funded on April 7, 2016.

Photo of Archiel post-operation

May 11, 2016

Archiel received successful clubfoot treatment.

“Archiel’s mother is very grateful to everyone who helped her son,” shares our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). “She could not imagine what would be Archiel’s situation in the future without the treatment. Now she foresees that the growth of her son will now give them ease in facing life in general.”

“Archiel have a higher chance of walking normally,” ICM continues. “His parents have hope for Archiel to have a normal childhood and being able to pursue education and be successful in life. This healing gave assurance and inspiration to them and they will work hard for their children’s needs and to sustain the whole family.”

“I thank all those hearts who were touched and softened to help us without hesitations,” Archiel’s mother shared. “We would not have been given a chance to see our child walk at all. May you be blessed in everything that you do so that more children like my son and more poor families like ours will have a chance in life for a better future.”

"Archiel's mother is very grateful to everyone who helped her son," shares our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). "She co...

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March 17, 2016

“We would like to ask for help for the treatment of our son. We are greatly concerned for his future,” share the parents of 14-month-old Archiel.

Archiel lives with his family in the Philippines, and has been diagnosed with unilateral clubfoot.

“Archiel cannot walk, he is only capable of rolling from left to right,” shares our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). “His mother observed that he has poor locomotive and speech development. This makes it hard for them to address his needs and keep him safe. One parent has to stay in the house and watch him all the time and that prevents his parents to work and sustain their family’s needs.”

“Archiel gives his parents so much joy,” ICM continues. “Though he cannot speak or walk, he manages to give happiness to his family by smiling and giggling when he is happy. Those simple moments are greatly cherished by the family. His parents are working together to supply for the needs of the family, but still, their income is not even enough for the needs of the children. That is why it is very hard for them to provide for his treatment.”

For $1,500, Archiel will receive treatment and surgery to correct his clubfoot.

After surgery, “Archiel will be more comfortable in facing challenges in learning and development. As part of him is being treated, this can pave the way that other conditions can also be addressed. This surgery will also increase the quality of life of their family as it address the emotional needs, physical needs, and economic needs that is attached to his condition. With the surgery, he can now also start learning and developing his locomotive skills which will also hasten all other learning stages he has to face in his age,” ICM adds.

“We have been praying that our time to work for our family will be more than what we can do now,” Archiel’s parents add, “So the future of our children will be brighter. We also would like our life to become a testimony that God truly touches lives and hearts to help the poor like us. We would like to see Archiel grow, walk, go to school and fulfill whatever dream he has.”

"We would like to ask for help for the treatment of our son. We are greatly concerned for his future," share the parents of 14-month-old Arc...

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Archiel's Timeline

  • March 17, 2016

    Archiel was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries.

  • March 30, 2016

    Archiel received treatment at Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao in Philippines. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • April 1, 2016

    Archiel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 7, 2016

    Archiel's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 11, 2016

    Archiel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Unilateral Club Foot Correction - Zone 4
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Clubfoot is a common congenital disorder of the lower limbs. It occurs when a foot and ankle are permanently twisted. The ligaments and tendons that hold the muscles to the bones are too tight, which causes the tissues around the ankle to hold the foot in an abnormal position. A clubfoot appears to be pointing downward and twisting inward. For an adult with an uncorrected clubfoot, only part of the foot touches the ground. Walking is difficult or impossible.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Neglected clubfoot has a long-term impact on a person's quality of life. Children from rural areas or low socioeconomic backgrounds lack access to adequate care or information. These children may face a life of disability due to untreated clubfoot.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

There is no historical, cultural, or regional significance to this condition or its treatment. Much of the abnormality can be corrected through manipulation and casting during the first three months of life. This treatment is not risky, but access to long-term orthopedic care is required to ensure that the correction is maintained. Exercises, corrective shoes, or nighttime splints may be needed until the child stops growing.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The orthopedic surgeon will first try to correct the clubfoot using nonsurgical methods. The patient's foot is gently stretched and manipulated into the correct position and held in place with a long-leg cast that stretches from the toes to the thigh. Each week for six to eight weeks, this process of stretching, re-positioning, and casting is repeated. After the manipulation and casting period, an Achilles tenotomy is performed. This is a minor procedure to release tightness in the Achilles tendon. A new cast will be applied to the leg to protect the tendon as it heals. By the time the cast is removed, the Achilles tendon will have regrown to a proper, longer length, and the clubfoot will be fully corrected. Many cases of clubfoot are successfully corrected with nonsurgical methods. Sometimes, however, the abnormality cannot be fully corrected, or it returns. Surgery may be needed to adjust the tendons, ligaments, and joints in the foot and ankle.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Quality of life is improved. Most individuals are able to wear regular shoes and lead active lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Children who undergo clubfoot repair surgery can lead active lives with few risks. In some cases, the foot and calf may remain smaller throughout the patient's life. Potential risks associated with this surgery also include nerve damage in the foot, excessive foot swelling, interrupted blood flow to the foot, and the formation of an ulcer from a cast that is too tight.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

This treatment is available in most tertiary hospitals. It is performed by experienced orthopedic surgeons who are specialists in the field.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative treatment for this condition.

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