16-year old Malkina was born with unilateral clubfoot, a painful and isolating condition, where the foot is smaller and twisted inwards. Her parents took her to a general hospital when she was young but they were told that her condition could not be treated.
Growing up, Malkina was met with stares and viewed as “different” by her community. Despite the difficulties, Malkina showed great determination to attend school. She would walk, barefoot, 5 kilometres on rugged terrain to get to school each day. As she got older the pain increased in her foot, slowing her down and limiting her school attendance. She would often avoid going out with her friends as she couldn’t keep up with their pace of walking, making Malkina feel really sad and depressed.
But fortunately for Malkina, she was referred to the visiting cbm Orthopaedic Surgeon at the General Hospital in Kundiawa, where she underwent surgery. When the plaster cast was finally removed, Malkina was not only able to walk again, but she was thrilled to put on her very first pair of sneakers!
“I am so happy and excited to go back home and show my family and friends my corrected feet and new shoes!” said a delighted Malkina.
Malkina will soon be able to return to school and keep up with all her friends. This corrective surgery will also open up future livelihood opportunities for Malkina that would not have been possible before. Malkina and her family would like to deeply thank cbm supporters for all they have done for her.
On behalf of all the people that are being helped by our inclusive education and community rehabilitation project in Papua New Guinea, thank you for your generous support.