THE LONG, WAITED ROAD TO RECOVERY
Three year old Faiz was born with a congenital abnormality called clubfoot, which affects nearly 200,000 babies born each year - 80% of whom are from low or middle income countries. Also born a month premature, Faiz developed epilepsy around his first birthday and continues to struggle with weekly seizures. Adding insult to injury, Faiz's parents earn less than a combined $10 dollars per day and struggle to provide even the most basic necessities to live, not to mention raise a child. Without health insurance or a savings fund, his parents were unable to afford the medical treatment Faiz needed to correct his physical disability.
In July 2014, Fiaz was identified by Pusat Rehabilitasi Yakkum's ("PRY") community based rehabilitation team and, following an initial examination, was scheduled for corrective surgery in September for his first operation.
Because of ALTSO's compassionate and generous supporters, Faiz was finally able to receive the surgery, orthotic braces and rehabilitation he desperately needed - free of charge.
Eight months and two successful surgeries later, Faiz is now able to walk independently, giving him hope for the future. Before leaving the center on his last day of rehabilitation, his mother said that Faiz will now be ready to attend school and have the opportunities that she has long dreamt about.