12 Patients Need Your Help to Repair Their Hearts

Breaking News from JDC-Ethiopia: This week, twelve of our patients left for Cochin, SW India for heart surgery at AIMS Amrita Hospital. We still need contributions, from small gifts to full sponsorships of $7,500 per patient.

These surgeries are so urgent that when we called patients to inform them of their eligibility, two had died since we last saw them. Please give our group a chance to live normal lives.

Click here for detailed information about each patient, and take a look at their shining faces below! Click to enlarge the images. Photos and stories used with permission.

Click here to donate. Donations are tax-deductible and 100% of proceeds go towards my work in Ethiopia.

Thank you for the support,

Dr. Rick Hodes

10 Kids Need Your Help

BREAKING NEWS – We now have ten kids in Ghana undergoing spine surgery by Dr. Boachie’s FOCOS team. We are not fully funded, and greatly appreciate contributions – from small gifts to full sponsorships of $18,000 per child. Detailed information is available on each patient.

Click here for detailed information about each patient, and take a look at their shining faces below! Click to enlarge the images.

Click here to donate. Donations are tax-deductible and 100% of proceeds go towards my work in Ethiopia.

Thank you for the support,

Dr. Rick Hodes

Recent “Traction” from Ghana!

We’re now increasing the complexity of our care and helping previously untreatable kids. The reason? Traction.

“Traction” is a process in which the kids have 6 holes drilled in their skulls and a halo place around the head. They are then attached to a pulley system which can provide traction when walking, when sitting, and when lying down.

We’ve had 4 kids in traction for a few months now. I had a long talk tonight with Dr. Boachie in Ghana. All the traction kids have had surgery. Ephrem – the boy standing with his thumb up – is several inches taller now.

The normal teaching is that the worst a spine can get is 180 degrees – that’s like a pancake folded on top of itself. Ephem beats that though – his spine was shaped like a saxophone. So in fact, it’s like 240 degrees on top! A couple of months of traction reduced that to 120 degrees (only!) and Dr. Boachie operated on him all day yesterday.

We were delighted to phone his dad today and give him the latest update, and he was profoundly grateful.

We are now opening the door to more more effective procedures for some of the most deformed spines on the planet.

I recently was told of a traction case in New York City who had a medical bill of $1.5 million! We can do the same thing in Ghana for about 2% of that cost! Still, it is more expensive than our normal surgery, and we have to limit our numbers due to finances.

One cute kid from this group that just left, Sofonias, (it means Zephaniah in Amharic), is now in traction for a while before his surgery.

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