David Posid Memorial Clubfoot Clinic—Sonsonate
The David Posid Memorial Clubfoot Clinic was dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 25th at Dr. Jorge Mazzini Villacorta in Sonsonate, 34 miles from the capital city of El Salvador. At the dedication were several patients, parents, Hospital National Director—Dr. Walter Flores and Sub Director—Dr. Nehemias Alfaro, Orthopedist —Dr. Ernesto Valdes, several physiotherapists, other staff members, and local media.
The construction of the clinic was made possible through a donation received from Dan and Amanda Posid, their son Alex, family members and friends who joined them to support the GoFundMe campaign from David’s memorial.
The clinic was dedicated in memory of David Posid, “a friendly and happy boy who liked to be around people all the time” as his father Dan Posid said. “His life was so short on this world but with such great impact and legacy. Our prayer even before David was born was that whatever treatment or inconvenience that he would have to endure, God would use David’s story to be a blessing to others, impact other people’s lives and draw people closer to God.”
After the cutting ribbon ceremony, parents, their children and all the attendees enjoyed touring the new clinic, received some tasty snacks, and had the opportunity to meet the Posids along with On His Path Founder, John Mitchell and Executive Director, Emily Ferguson. The brand-new clinic will significantly improve the services provided to the children and will make possible for children born with clubfoot deformity to receive Ponseti Method correction in the western zone of El Salvador.
The Ponseti Clinic features a waiting room, play area, casting room, storage, and restroom and will provide an adequate and comfortable place for the patients, parents and staff who help us in the clinic. When On His Path started working in El Salvador in 2012, patients were received in the general casting room and emergency waiting room of the hospital.
The clubfoot clinic currently has 60 patients in different stages of the treatment and attends approximately 10 to 12 children weekly. This clinic will benefit hundreds – maybe thousands – of children who may be able to walk, run and have a normal life.
“We’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time and after many years of prayer and faith, we are thrilled to be able to say the new Ponseti Clinic is officially open! In this place, we will share the love of Jesus and bring physical and spiritual healing to children and families who desperately need it.”
As an organization, we are extremely thankful and humble to be a part of how God is using David’s story to impact other children in ways that we cannot imagine.
Submitted by Mayra Arteaga, Clinic Coordinator
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV