“The clubfoot  treatment helping Lychaozong not be a persen with disability in the future “

Lychaozong

1 year old

Clulfoot

Lychaozong is 1 year old, she lives with her parents in Nasala Village, Xaythany, District, Vientiane capital. Lychaozong was born with both feet turned inward and upward, this condition is called clubfoot. Right after birth, the doctor advised Lychaozong’s parents to bring her to the Centre of Medical Rehabilitation (CMR) for treatment.

Then, Lychaozong was brought to CMR when she was 3 days old only. At first, her parents were very much concerned about her feet, they though their baby will not be able to walk when she grows up. But, when they arrived CMR and saw other children that also have similar problem they felt a bit better.

At first, her parents were very much concerned about her feet, they though their baby will not be able to walk when she grows up. But, when they arrived CMR and saw other children that also have similar problem they felt a bit better.

After registration and proper assessment, Lychaozong received her first serial casting on the same day she has arrived the centre. The rehabilitation staff told Lychaozong parents that clubfoot is the congenital birth defect (from birth) that causes one or both feet to turn inward and upward. If the baby received proper treatment and follow-up within the first week or month there is a 95% chance of full recovery. Her parents were very happy to hear this.

The main treatment for clubfoot, called the Ponseti method, involves gently manipulating and stretching, putting into a cast then wearing brace called Dennis Brown Bar (DBB).

To correct the foot deformity, Lychaozong must undergo at least 4-6 serial castings therefore her parents need to bring her back to CMR every week to remove the old plaster cast and replace with the new plaster cast.

On 30th March 2020, Lychaozong got her first Dennis Brown Bar (DBB) to fit with. The function of the DBB is to maintain the foot in a correct position and to prevent from recurrent clubfoot. Lychaozong needs to wear the Dennis Brown Bar for 23 hours a day for 3 months and continue to wear at least 12 hours a day during naps and at night time until Lychaozong is 4 years old. To complete this treatment process, her parents need to bring her to CMR several times as appointed by the rehabilitation staff.

To date, Lychaozong still continue using the DBB, and the one that she is using is her 3rd DBB. Once the whole treatment is completed, Lychaozong foot deformity will be corrected then she will be able to walk normal without bracing.

Lychaozong was received her first Dennis Brown on 30 March 2020.

 Now,  Lychaozong foot deformity will be corrected then she will be able to walk normal.

“Thank you Center of Medical Rehabilitation (CMR), COPE, and all the donors who supported Lychaozong to have a new life again.”

READ MORE ABOUT COPE'S WORK

STAY IN TOUCH