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Filipino Teen With Upside Down Feet Takes First Steps

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Filipino Teen With Upside Down Feet Takes First Steps

Jingle Luis, a 15 year old girl from the Philippines, has taken her first steps after recovering from an operation to correct her severe case of clubfoot.

A Filipino teenager whose feet were so badly buckled that they twisted backward and upside down, has taken her first unaided steps after recovering from surgery.

jingle luis takes first steps Filipino Teen With Upside Down Feet Takes First Steps

Jingle Luis suffered from a case of clubbed foot so sever that she had never been able to walk, instead she hobbled around on the tops of her feet aided by crutches.

jingel luis clubfoot before surgery Filipino Teen With Upside Down Feet Takes First Steps

The 15 year old girl arrived at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, in May. Jingles quickly underwent surgery – funded by the hospital – which involved inserting screws into the bone of her feet and turning them bit by bit over a duration of two weeks, to eventually straighten the foot.

jingle luis recovering from surgery Filipino Teen With Upside Down Feet Takes First Steps

Once the pins were removed, casts were placed around the feet for several weeks to help the newly set bones stay in place. Then finally, in the first week of July, Jingle was able to do some thing she had only dreamed of before, slip on her first pair of shoes and take her first strides without the need for crutches.

Dr. Terry Amaral, her orthopedic surgeon, expects Jingle to wear the braces for about a year, before making a full recovery.

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Clubfoot is relatively common deformity affecting 1 in 1000 children at birth. Most cases can be treated through infancy with casts or braces; however Jingle’s condition was complicated by spina bifida, a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord.

Doctors assumed her spina bifida would shorten her life span and did not treat the clubfoot. It turned out however, that Jingles spinal condition was not that serious.

Surviving healthily into her teens, Jingle’s case came to attention of Montefiore after a staff physician traveled to the Philippines in 2003 with a Christian relief mission.

Jingle’s mother, Jasmine Luis, who ma,kes a living selling fish door-to-door, and her father who farms corn said,

“This is a miracle. I am very thankful to God,”

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