Mysuru teenager born with a rare disorder is able to walk for the first time after surgery

For 16-year-old Venkatesh and his family, its like a dream come true! Venkatesh, who has never walked since birth due to a rare disorder called Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (CTEV), was finally able to take his first steps with support.

Commonly known as clubfoot, Venkatesh, who comes from a poor family, feared he would never walk. His parents are daily wage labourers from a village in Karnataka who migrated to Bengaluru looking for jobs.

Matters became worse for them after Venkatesh's father became paralysed in an accident. He was unable to look after his family and they moved again to Mysuru, where Venkatesh's mother started working on a farm.

It is here that fortunes changed. Venkatesh received treatment for his condition at a city hospital, and hopes to be able to stand and walk independently soon.

The change came thanks to the efforts of NGO Odanadi Seva Samsthe, which got Venkatesh treated. The costs of his treatment are being borne by a doctor, while the hospital did the surgery at a hugely subsidised cost.

Doctors say that Venkatesh will be able to stand and walk without any support in around three months. While the actual cost of the operation is around Rs 2.5 lakh, the hospital did it for Rs 90,000 as a service.

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