Sunday, October 14, 2007

Help kids with club foot

For anyone who would like to help the 150,000 kids born with club foot each year, I now have a personalized page where you can donate to the Ponseti International Association for the Advancement of Clubfoot Treatment.

I recently saw video of a Phillipino girl whose bilateral clubfoot went untreated until she was 10 years old. The Ponseti method corrected her feet without surgery, and without the high expense and likelihood of pain that accompanies it.

When we consulted with doctors at the Children's hospital in Denver, they told us that Elizabeth , at 1 year old, was too old for the Ponseti method and would need surgery. This is all too common with doctors in the US since they either don't know the Ponseti method, or they know they can make a lot more money performing surgery.

2 comments:

Karen Moss said...

Hi Brad
I think it's great that you're raising funds for PIA. I live in South Africa and have worked to bring the Ponseti method here since 2003. Through our efforts and some generous sponsors we have managed to turn around clubfoot treatment not only in South Africa but some neighbouring countries. We have our 2nd Ponseti seminar coming up on 2&3 November. You can read more on the websites www.clubfoot.co.za and www.steps.org.za

Keep up the good work!

Karen Moss

Brad Swanson said...

Karen, it looks like you've done some fantastic work in South Africa. Keep it up!