Repairing a Little Girl’s Bulging Eye – Yemiserach

Yemiserach is a girl from rural Gojjam who was sent to me by a Peace Corps volunteer posted in rural Gojjam, who tracked me down online. “Her eye is popping out,” he explained in his first phone call.

Indeed, his description was accurate, and MRI showed that she had a mass behind the eye. A visiting team from Israel biopsied this mass, which showed a lymphangioma. Her vision deteriorated, her pain increased, and eventually, we decided to remove her eye and replace it with a prosthesis.

Recently, working with the help of our partner Eye from Zion in Israel, Yemiserach traveled to Israel with her older sister, a nursing student, and had several surgeries to remove her eye and replace it with an artificial eyeball.

Last week she returned to Ethiopia with a new eye, new outlook, and great desire to return to school as soon she can. After just 1 day in Addis Ababa, she went back to her village, and her sister returned to nursing school. We wish them both bright futures.

Many thanks to Mending Kids of California for funding their travel expenses!


(Photo and story used with permission)

Dr. Rick Hodes at Stanford University 4/5 and 4/6

The Jewish Student Association at Stanford will be hosting special guest Dr. Rick Hodes on Thursday, 4/5 and Friday, 4/6.  Click to reserve your FREE tickets today.

  • April 5th- 7:00-8:30pm in Stanford’s Main Quad Building 300 Room 300
  • April 6th- 5:00-6:30pm in the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Auditorium

TONIGHT: Bring Back Hope: Honouring the Extraordinary Work of Dr. Rick Hodes

Please join us TONIGHT, April 4, 2012 at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver for “Bring Back Hope,” a dinner to honor and support the work of Dr. Rick Hodes. Be sure to visit, where you can purchase tickets, make a donation, or learn more about sponsoring the event.

For additional information about the event, please email or call (604) 638-7280. Canadians wishing to donate should email us so that we can show you how to get Canadian tax credit.

Also, be sure to watch this great video of Dr. Hodes that was recently featured on Global BC.