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Palm Harbor organization helps Ethiopian man with surgery for severe scoliosis
Yalew Birkie Assefa, 30, of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has severe scoliosis. His spine curves in on itself. Assefa can’t afford corrective surgeries, but the Scoliosis Association of Palm Harbor and a local medical team are making it happen.
Yalew Birkie Assefa's spine is curved so badly, it resembles a question mark. His twisted body squeezes his lungs. Doctors say his condition could eventually kill him. But he can't afford the expensive surgery he needs.
Three years ago, he began canvassing the street of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he lives, begging for donations. He went online looking for support groups and wrote seven or eight of them. Some said they couldn't help. Others didn't respond.
In June 2007, he wrote Debbie Ordes, executive vice president of the Scoliosis Association.
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To find out more about Yalew Birkie Assefa or scoliosis, call the local chapter of the Scoliosis Association at (727) 726 5412.
Dear Debbie Orders,
I just want to let you and the Scoliosis Association of Palm Harbor know that you are in our heart. Thank you for everything you do in the name oh humanity. You have no idea what this mean to ALL ETHIOPIANS. GOD BLESS YOU and we hope and wish our brothers surgery will be smoth quick recovery. I also want to mention that The Ethiopian Community in Tampa has done a great job making sure our brother and his mom feel at home from the day they arrived at the Tampa International Airport. Keep up the good work Shemola and the Community.
God is good . Happy 4 u bro stay blessed . Dear Nazret have u ever tryed to find away to help this kind of case like by providing info web,tel#,add……..
GOD is good!
a very inspiring story, I hope the surgery goes well for him. It is good to know there are people in the world who are willing to give their time and resources for the needy. thank you for posting nazret
Yalew Birkie Assafa, our prayers are with you. the surgery will be a success and you will be just fine brother.
A second chance at life!
“He’s an Orthodox Christian and says he just wants to live to his potential and follow God’s will.”
“In June 2007, he wrote Debbie Ordes, executive vice president of the Scoliosis Association. Ordes, 44, who lives in Palm Harbor and is also president of the Palm Harbor chapter of the association, wrote back.”
“A Canadian woman has raised about $16,000 to cover his living expenses while he is here. Assefa met her while soliciting donations. She was in Ethiopia conducting research for her master’s thesis.”
There was no obligation but just a request for help from a helpless fellow human being. They gave money, their time, and smiles. They gave their personal expertise and encouragement. All Non-Ethiopians.
Faith without deeds is dead.(James 2:26). No one is too poor to help. Nor are we too busy. What other way is there to make the most out of our brief stay on earth?
How can i donate for this man?
If you can’t help him either why
post this news? It’s sad…Let me know…
Dear Debbie Orders, May God bless you again and again to the richest!!!
i’m happy for u. may god bless u more. stay strong.
Quick and smooth recovery to brother and million thanks to those lending hands. Dear Debie Ordes! May God bless you, your family and your organisation. This might be another day on the operating table for your team: this also means, a new life and a whole new chapter for Mr. Assefa. We know that you are anxious to see him walking as a normal person as much as we do. May god accompany you through the whole process. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you and Thank you.
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