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After clubfoot treatment, Hidayatullah can stand on his own

After Hidayatullah was born with clubfeet, his mother was referred to Humanity & Inclusion's rehabilitation center in Kandahar.

Hidayatullah was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2021. After his diagnosis with clubfeet, his mother shared her fears with the doctors: Would her son be able to stand up? Would he be able to walk one day?

The doctors immediately referred Hidayatullah and his mother to Humanity & Inclusion’s rehabilitation center in Kandahar, the only rehabilitation center in southern Afghanistan. After examining the baby, HI’s physical therapists quickly reassured his mother that they could treat him.

There were several stages to Hidayatullah’s treatment. First, his feet were put in casts. These casts were changed every week for several weeks to make gradual corrections and slowly straighten the position of his feet.

"This process went on for a while, but my son's feet were getting into the right position and shape, which gave me hope," explains Hidayatullah's mother.

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HI’s teams then fitted Hidayatullah with an orthopedic brace: small shoes with a bar attached. He wore his “boots” for almost a year, keeping his feet turned outward. Throughout this period, the baby was monitored by HI’s teams. Checks and adjustments would be needed until he reached walking age.

Hidayatullah's treatment went smoothly. Today, he is standing up, ready to take his first steps – and his family is reassured.

"My son can now play with the other children,” his mother says. “He can stand and walk with his own feet that are straight now. I hope he will be a good student at school. My whole family and I are happy now, and grateful for the services and staff at HI."