Yogadsony is a 15-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) says, “Yogadsony likes to play with cars and balls and is the only child to his mother who is a single parent.”
Yogadsony has clubfoot which causes his feet to turn inward and his arches to be very high. AMHF says, “Yogadsony has delayed to walk, and when he does start to walk, he will use the lateral aspect of his feet for walking, which will affect his gait.” If left untreated, clubfoot can lead to wounds and skeletal problems like arthritis.
AMHF reports, “Yogadsony started clubfoot treatment when he was two days old but when it reached a point where a small surgery was needed, his mother couldn’t afford the cost. So Yogadsony was given foot abduction braces which he only wore for a month.” Yogadsony’s feet relapsed and his mother is unable to cover the cost of another treatment.
Yogadsony needs surgery to realign his foot and ankle joint. This procedure costs $1,160 and will pay for realignment, casting, and rehabilitation in the hospital to ensure a healthy recovery for Yogadsony.
Yogadsony’s mother says, “All I wish is my baby to have straight feet so that he can walk properly when he grows up, walk to school, and just be independent.”