“The blind receive sight, the lame walk . . .” Matthew 11:5
Partnering with doctors from CURE International, LIFE Outreach will help change the lives of children with clubfoot in 18 countries. By providing corrective braces and life-changing surgeries, LIFE will help these children take their first steps toward a healthier and better quality of life.
Clubfoot twists a child’s foot inward and downward, leading to permanent disability. Many of the families can’t afford the braces or surgeries to correct this condition.
Missionary doctors use orthopedic manipulation, with casts and then corrective braces, to help young children walk on straight feet, eventually running and playing like other healthy children and attending school.
Older children with more severe clubfoot will receive surgery to correct the deformities and begin a more extensive healing process.
Plans are to give 10,000 children the special braces and provide another 400 with corrective surgeries.
As one of the doctors said, “These special needs children will have the joy of running into a brighter future!”
- 1 out of every 750 children born worldwide suffers from clubfoot.
- Over 160,000 children in developing countries are born with clubfoot each year.
- Developing countries bear 90% of the disease burden yet allocate only 10% to healthcare costs. That means children are often not treated for this condition.