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Campbell: Ethiopian teen received free spinal surgery from doctor

Published Wednesday March 15

Plenty jet lagged after nearly 9,000 miles of air travel, Dawit Berhanu wasn’t the least bit worried for a life-changing surgery.

The 15-year-old flew from Ethiopia to the Santa Clara Valley earlier this 30 days for a procedure to correct the curvature of his spine from scoliosis. The surgery was done at no cost thanks to a local doctor and assistance from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a Cupertino family and Wonderful Samaritan Hospital.

“He’s waited for this surgery for almost 2 years,” Frehiwot Gebremichael, a Excellent Samaritan social work manager and translator for Dawit, told The Campbell Reporter on March 1.

Article length: About 530 words.
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