STEPS spread festive cheer at five of our South African partner Ponseti clubfoot clinics in December.
We had fun Ponseti Parties at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, George Mukhari Hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Tygerberg Hospital, and Maitland Cottage Hospital.
This December STEPS is hosting end of year parties, combined with the Ponseti Races, at five different clinics in the Western Cape and Gauteng.
We are celebrating another year of successful Ponseti clubfoot treatment with all those involved: doctors, nurses, parents, grandparents, siblings and other family – and of course the clubfoot cuties!
Talia was born with complex bilateral clubfeet. She had casts for 13 weeks in Cape Town when she was a baby and wore her boots and bars until she was four years old. She had to have two tenotomies as a baby, and a tendon transfer as a five year old.
The third Botswana Ponseti training took place in Maun on 27 and 28 July. Maun is in North West district of Botswana and the administrative capital of Ngamiland. It is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, which one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, officially on UNESCO World Heritage List.
Author Brené Brown once said: “When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.” The clubfoot story is a story of hope, inspiration and determination. The happy ending is the gift of mobility. That is what STEPS wanted to highlight in our birthday month, to give more children the chance to write their own story. But what happened behind the scenes of the campaign?
In Cape Town, STEPS has two programme partner clubfoot clinics, at Maitland Cottage Home and Tygerberg Hospital. Once a week, the waiting rooms are filled with parents and their clubfoot cuties coming for consultation, casting, or new boots and bars. Come along with us for a day at the clubfoot clinic!