The operation was Fano’s only hope. With a back twisted 110 degrees and getting worse, the teen would likely contract a lethal pneumonia and die. His parents, who lived in a village with no electricity 200 kilometers from the nearest hospital, were told such complex surgery was impossible in Ethiopia — a country of 100 million people.

That is, until the Hadassah team flew in from Jerusalem: spine surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse experts. They brought to Ethiopia their expertise, their equipment and their spirit of optimism.

Also see a video in Hebrew about the Hadassah Mission to Ethiopia