Baby Boy Born With Severe Club Foot
Correcting our baby boy's clubfeet... just like Forrest Gump.Auckland
Phillip was born by emergency C-Section on the 6th of June 2020 with severe club foot affecting both of his little feet. In order for him to be able to walk, he has to have his feet corrected with casts, surgeries, and finally braces with boots... a little bit like Forrest Gump.
We are trying to raise money to help pay for as costs that will be incurred over the next 4-5 years; this will include travel to hospitals for treatment, parking, any medicine he may require. We are not getting any assistance for any of these costs (travel).
On Monday 22nd of June 2020 Phillip had his first appointment with the orthopedics doctor at Manukau Super Clinic, the start of his journey is the ponseti treatment. Phillip had his first set of casts put on which are due to be changed weekly for the next 6 weeks. After his feet have been in casts for 6 weeks he will have his first lot of surgeries to lengthen the tendons that connect his leg muscles to his heels because the tendons are too short.
Clubfoot refers to a condition in which a newborn's foot or feet appear to be rotated internally at the ankle. The foot points down and inwards, and the soles of the feet face each other. It is known as talipes equinovarus (TEV) or congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV).
Most of Phillips medical care is covered by the NZ public health system. These donations are mainly to help with our largest expense of travel costs including parking to/from his appointments which do not receive assistance to pay for.
John Montague's involvement (page creator)
I am Phillip's father.
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Any money raised will be used for Phillip's ongoing medical care and all costs associated with getting to and from hospital appointments, hospital stays, medications, etc... Most of Phillips medical care is covered by the NZ public health system. These donations are mainly to help with our largest expense of travel costs including parking to/from his appointments which do not receive assistance to pay for.
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Phillip had his 4th set of casts put on at the Manukau Super Clinic on Monday the 13th of July; this week he chose red casts. His feet have been stretched a little bit more into an outward configuration and a larger amount of casting material has been used to keep his feet in this position for the week. We can now see the large dent in the back of his heels where his feet had been folded, I think as he grows it will become less noticeable. So in summary it has been a better week this week. We are due to see the specialist again next week so Phillip can be reassessed.
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This page was created on 28 Jun 2020 and closes on 6 Jun 2022.