“When the doctors sat me down and told me that Jad had clubfoot I couldn’t stop crying,” his mother Yara told us when we first met her, with tears in her eyes.
INARA’s first orthopedic case
Jad was our first ever orthopedic case. We met him in May 2017 when he was just a few months old.
Both of Jad’s parents are refugees from Syria, who fled the country to escape the ongoing war. The family had no water or electricity in the city that they lived in, and work was becoming harder and harder to find. Jad’s father came to Lebanon first to look for a place to live and work, and his wife followed shortly after.
In Lebanon the family of eight live in two small rooms in the mountains. They struggle financially, especially after Jad’s father lost four fingers in a work accident. The medical bills were expensive, and ever since he has struggled to find work in Lebanon.
Things started to look up for the family when Yara became pregnant. They saw this as a blessing from God. It was a chance for them to start afresh and come together as a family to help raise a new child.
But when Jad was born with clubfoot, it was a struggle for the family to remain positive. “When we came home with the news from the doctor there was an air of depression in our apartment.”
Desperately searching for help
Yara and her husband went to the hospital to try and see what they could do, but were told lots of different things. They were confused, and they didn’t know what to do. They also knew that this treatment would cost them a lot of money, which they did not have. They worried that their newly born son would face disability in his future and it filled them with anxiety.
It was at this point they met with Doctor Taha at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC). He explained the treatment needed for children with clubfoot at this age thoroughly with the parents, helping to put their minds at ease.
Over the space of two months, Jad had a series of casting sessions to try to position his feet correctly. This was such a success that doctors decided that he wouldn’t need to undergo a tenotomic surgery. He was instead fitted with a Dennis Brown brace that he would need to wear until he is three or four years of age.
Relief for Yara
Ever since Yara was told about the treatment that INARA would be providing for Jad, she has felt much better. “It was such a relief when the doctors first told me about this and explained that the treatment would start right away. This treatment has changed my son’s life. INARA provided me with such a great service and they have really helped other mothers like me whose children have been born with deformities.”
Jad's treatment was funded by UNICEF.