Chien walks to school on his own feet for the first time!

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Soon to turn eight, Chien from Vietnam, has started the new school year with a huge bang!

As well as sporting a sparkling new uniform and backpack, for the first time ever, he is now able to walk to school on his very own two feet!

“No more crawling on the ground, or piggybacks on his friends’ backs. Chien now proudly walks to school on his own two feet, with a smile that brightens the soul of anyone he crosses paths with”, reports, his surgeon, Professor Ton Tran.

As you may remember, Chien was with us just before Christmas 2019, when he received the ultimate Christmas gift; life-changing surgery which allowed him to walk for the very first time.

Thanks to Professor Ton Tran and the incredible team at St John of God Berwick Hospital, Chien underwent corrective surgery to both his feet and his right hip in December 2019. Soon after, he began taking his very first steps.

Before this surgery, life for Chien was a stark contrast to the lives lived by most Australian children. 

Born a condition known as clubfeet, Chien had NEVER walked.

For a child born in Australia, this condition would be self-corrected with the use of orthotics from birth and never require surgical intervention.

Sadly, this wasn’t the case for Chien.

The lack of required medical resources in Vietnam, coupled with limited financial means to access treatment from a young age – meant Chien’s condition became worse as he grew.

His school friends had to carry him on their backs to help him get around.

Indoors, Chien used his incredible upper body strength to scoot around, using his arms to lift, manoeuvre and move his body.

Chien on Channel 7 News

Thanks to Professor Ton Tran, St John God Berwick Hospital, and our generous donors and supporters, Chien now has a promising future to look forward to.

If you’d like to help more children like Chien access surgery and treatment that will transform their lives, please donate today.

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