Watching Jude run fills my heart with joy. Like just about any mama, watching her child.
But it also fills me with indebtedness, gratitude and thankfulness.
Jude couldn’t even stand on his own when we met him in China as a 16 month old with uncorrected bilateral clubfoot.
His ankles were bruised from his attempts to try and stand, and after just a few minutes of effort, he’d have to give up, exhausted.
But that has all changed, thanks to one extremely special man.
Dr. Ponseti, the man who developed the Ponseti Method of clubfoot casting, revolutionized the way clubfoot is treated around the world.
And he changed the lives of countless children, like Jude, born with a deformity that was once considered a strictly surgical matter, and made it incredibly effective, non-invasive and virtually painless.
Jude has no limitations.
Jude has no pain.
And he can run like the wind.
On this day, the day of Dr. Ponseti’s passing, we are filled with gratitude for our son’s unlimited future. We mourn the loss of this brilliant and benevolent man, but rejoice at the fact that a bit of him will live on through the little ones whose futures he changed.