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Fund 5 year-old Oliab's spinal-surgery: Supporting the work of Dr. Rick & Dr. Boachie will enable this child to see his teenage years

Oliab Mulugeta is a 5 year old boy from Debrezeit, 30 miles south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He lives in a mud house with his dad, an electrician, his mother, a housewife and his older brother.
Oliab is in kindergarten. His favorite subject is English - he loves learning the ABCs. When he is not in class, he enjoys playing hide and seek and football with his best friend, Sami. Since he was 1 year old, Oliab has had congenital scoliosis, a progressive condition. He needs “growing rods,” and several surgeries over the next 8 years. At times, he feels too uncomfortable to play with his classmates. His family dreams of him being healthy and happy.

Without this life-saving spinal surgery, Oliab will probably not make it to his teenage years. Thanks to the work of Dr. Rick Hodes, www.rickhodes.org, and Dr. Oheneba Boachie, http://www.orthofocos.org/, he has already secured free medical attention, diagnosis and a surgeon. However, he needs $18,000 to pay for the hospital fees and instruments that will save his life.
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