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.