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“My feet looked a little bit like balls. They were curved under and I had to balance on the sides of my feet to walk,” describes Adolfo. The fifteen year old is now overcome with joy as he looks at his perfectly shaped feet. He exclaims, “It’s hard to believe! It makes me so happy. Doctors at the Greenville Shriners Hospital did everything they could to fix my feet. Now I can play soccer.”

Adolfo first came to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville in extreme pain with limited ability to walk, he was expecting the doctors to tell him that both of his feet would need to be amputated. Adolfo says, “I was surprised when Dr. Mendelow came in and said he thought he could fix them.” After serial stretch casting for several weeks to help get the feet in a better position, Adolfo had surgery on his right foot. Greenville Shriners Hospital Orthopaedic Surgeon Michael Mendelow, M.D., reconstructed Adolfo’s foot by realigning bones to reshape the foot and performed multiple tendon transfers to rebalance the muscles.

Soon after the right foot healed, the left foot received the same treatment. Just six months after his second surgery, Adolfo says, “Dr. Mendelow is an amazing doctor and surgeon. He did everything he could to fix my feet and he got them straight! Now I can run and do whatever I want. My feet support me and don’t hurt. That’s all I ever wanted.”

Watch Adolfo before and after treatment.

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