Patient profile (6/24): Bires

rick-hodes-ethiopian-spine-deformity-bires-1Bires, 24, was in a program for handicapped Ethiopians to learn tailor skills in Gondar. A classmate told him that he could receive spine surgery through us and advised him to find us in Addis Ababa.

He asked his brother, a priest, to bring him to Addis Ababa, but they did not have $20 for bus fare. The brother considered selling a cow, but his wife was not having it; so instead, they walked eight days to get to us — over 250 miles! At night they would knock on strangers’ doors and announce “we are guests sent to you by God,” and they’d be welcomed into homes.

Bires has a saxophone-shaped congenital scoliosis deformity, and he will need months of traction and complex surgery to reshape his spine. He has lost over 50% of his lung function.

We recently sent 24 patients to Ghana for life-saving spine surgery, and we need to raise money in order to fund their treatment. Please donate today to help Bires!

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Patient profile (5/24): Meseret

Meseret is a 26-year-old from Gondar who is at the top of his 8th-grade class. He comes from a family of farmers, and he currently lives with an uncle. Meseret’s dream is to become a doctor and return to his village.

He has severe kyphosis from TB (of the spine) and has lost 40% of his lung volume as a result. He will need months of traction followed by removal of vertebrae (VCR) to correct this.

We recently sent 24 patients to Ghana for life-saving spine surgery, and we need to raise money in order to fund their treatment. Please donate today to help Meseret!

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Patient profile (4/24): Brook

Brook is a 9 year old orphan who lives with his grandmother in Addis Ababa. Kind neighbors often given them food. He has an S-shaped juvenile scoliosis deformity. He must get “growing rods” to allow his spine to grow without becoming terribly deformed. Brook is at the top of his class, and wants to be a doctor.

We recently sent 24 patients to Ghana for life-saving spine surgery, and we need to raise money in order to fund their treatment. Please donate today to help Brook!

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Patient profile (3/24): Habtamu

Habtamu has spinal cord damage (myelopathy) from his gamma deformity. His neurologic function is getting worse, and he has more difficulty walking. His parents are illiterate farmers in Tilili in Gojjam. A 9th grade student, he needs months of traction and then removal of vertebrae (VCR). He wants to be a nurse.

We recently sent 24 patients to Ghana for life-saving spine surgery, and we need to raise money in order to fund their treatment. Please donate today to help Habtamu!

 

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Patient profile (2/24): Mekdes

Mekdes is a 17-year-old girl from Butajira who is in the 8th grade. She is in the top of her class and wants to be a nurse. Her dad is a farmer. She has congenital scoliosis with hemivertebrae and rib deformities, and as a result, she has lost 64% of her lung function.

We recently sent 24 patients to Ghana for life-saving spine surgery, and we need to raise money in order to fund their treatment. Please donate today to help Mekdes!

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