Clubfoot update

14 Jun

We took baby to the pediatric orthopedist last week, for a 6-month checkup. The doctor (David Scher, at the Hospital for Special Surgery) told us that if he didn’t do the procedure himself, he would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between baby’s clubfoot and his ‘normal’ foot. We will continue to have him wear his brace at night for the next 2-3 years, to be as certain as we can in preventing a possible recurrence. But the prognosis is quite excellent.

A couple of notes on grace and luck and thanks. First, the HSS is one of the top (if not the top) places for orthopedics in the country, and Dr. Scher is one of their best doctors for treating clubfoot. We are pretty much working with the top, let’s say 25, people in the world on baby’s foot problem. That our insurance covers this, and that we work and live in a place with access to this, is a frankly remarkable statement about the wildly lucky lives we lead. And, I am certain that baby’s relatively mild case would have been fine in many many places, with many many doctors.

But I don’t know that I’m quite as thankful as often as I should be about these things that are strongly correlated with 1st world class privilege. All I’m saying is that we are very grateful for baby’s response and for the excellent care he’s gotten.


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