Saving Sisay

In Ethiopia, a 7-year-old boy suffers from a life-threatening spinal disease. Like tens of thousands in this landlocked African nation, Sisay Gudeta has scoliosis, a severe curvature of the spine that will cut off his air supply if untreated. Such extreme spinal conditions often are a death sentence here. And the boy’s single mother cannot afford a $20,000 operation that could save her son’s life.

For Sisay, the only hope for a straighter spine lies in the hands of one doctor. But he can’t save everyone.

Read Sisay’s story.

1 Response

  1. Brad Stauffer says:


    Thanks for this window into the life of Sisay. A tragic story for sure, but one that appears to be heading for a happy ending. I hope that you are able to follow up in a few years and report that Sisay is doing well. Maybe even able to kick a soccer ball around with others. This was a story that touched my emotions. On this eve of Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for Dr. Rick and the hundreds he is making a better life for.

    Congrats on your Hearst Award and keep up the great work.

    Brad Stauffer

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