Gurpreet’s clubfoot relapse story (India)

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Steps works with partners around the world to improve life for people with lower limb conditions. Our partner in India, CURE International India Trust (CIIT) sent us this story:

Gurpreet was born in 2016 to a farmer’s family and his parents were devastated to see he was born with clubfoot, his foot twisted inwards and upwards. Gurpreet has an elder brother who is mentally disabled and requires day-to-day assistance so his parents were desperate for help.

Thanks to information and support from CURE, Gurpreet started treatment at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh. However, he was still in braces when COVID-19 hit the state and clinics were shut. All Gurpreet’s follow-up appointments were put on hold and there was nowhere for his family to seek treatment.

When the clinics finally reopened a year later, Gurpreet’s clubfoot had relapsed.

Doctors have restarted treatment and are hopeful that Gurpreet should see positive progress, something his parents are very grateful for.

Indian boy Gurpreet undergoing treatment for clubfoot

Our international work

As part of the Global Strategy RUNFREE 2030,  Steps works with partners around the world to ensure that by 2030 at least 70% of children born with clubfoot in low- and middle-income countries can access treatment. To learn more about RUNFREE2030 watch our video here.

To donate to our international projects click on  RUNFREE 2030 – A Global Strategy to End Clubfoot Disability by 2030 – JustGiving