When Bahaa’s parents found out that they were expecting their first child, they felt as though they finally had some joy in their lives. They had been forced to flee from Syria due to the ongoing war, and now live as refugees in Lebanon. Life is very difficult for them. Bahaa’s father struggles to find regular work. He used to work in a satellite company in Syria, but now largely works on construction sites.
But when Bahaa was born, that joy turned to fear when they discovered that their son had congenital clubfoot on both feet. “I feared that my son would blame me in the future if I couldn’t afford to get him the treatment he needed,” his father explains.
The family used the little money they had saved to pay for casting sessions for Bahaa’s feet. “We paid $100 per foot per casting,” his father tells us. “It was a disaster! We went for months and his feet didn’t get any better…”
When Bahaa came into a Primary Health Care Center (PHCC) for a vaccination, one of the doctors advised the family to speak to Dr Taha at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC). Dr Taha explained that INARA might be able to help.
As with other clubfoot cases, Bahaa will need a series of casting sessions over the next few months. Depending on the outcome of these casting sessions, he may need to have surgery on his tendons. He will then need to wear Dennis Brown shoes until the age of two to reposition his feet.
“I know that Bahaa will thank me in the future for finding INARA,” his father says with a huge smile on his face.