Global Pulse Article: Lessons in Ethiopia with Dr. Richard M. Hodes, MD, MACP, DSc

The following article was recently published in the Global Pulse, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) International Health Journal. The author, Drew Lee, spent time shadowing Dr. Hodes in Ethiopia. He offers a nice perspective on Dr. Hodes’ work there:

Music by Prudence

While at the Mountainfilm Festival in Tellluride, I met a girl named Prudence, a severely handicapped young woman from Zimbabwe who is an amazing singer. A film about her, Music By Prudence, just won an Academy Award this year. Prudence is in a wheelchair with a disease called arthrogryposis. Her legs have been amputated above the knee, she has little use of her hands, she has a severe scoliosis, and she has an amazing singing voice.

What an inspiration she is! Take a look at her website ( where you can purchase the Oscar-winning DVD about her story.

I took clinical photos and emailed them to Dr. Boachie, the founder of the organization FOCOS. We spoke, and Dr. B has agreed to operate on Prudence in November in Ghana.

We are looking to raise funds for her and 2 attendants go to from Zimbabwe to Ghana and fund her surgery as well. Donate today.

– Rick

Success for 15 Spine Patients

Great News: Wednesday night, 15 patients and 3 staff returned from Ghana after successful surgery. One patient remains and will be back in a couple of weeks.

– Rick

Success! Look at those gorgeous smiles!