Visiting Doctors Perform Life-Changing Surgeries and Train CURE Surgeons
March 26, 2023, is a day that 22 children will remember as the day their lives changed forever. These children with missing thumbs and upper extremities received life-changing surgeries at CURE Children’s Hospital of Ethiopia (CURE Ethiopia) by Dr. Scott H. Kozin, Chief of Staff at Shriners Children’s Hospitals in Philadelphia, and Dr. Duretti Fufa, Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The doctors set aside time in their busy schedules each year to provide specialized surgeries for the children we serve at CURE Ethiopia. Because of CURE’s generous partners and donors, surgeries are provided free-of-charge to the patients we serve.
When the doctors arrived at the hospital, the waiting room was filled with people holding babies, while other children played outside in the open-air compound. These children had been waiting for this opportunity for years and were excited to receive surgeries that would enable them to use their hands more efficiently.
Determined to provide the best possible care and improve the health of every individual in the room, the doctors quickly got to work examining each patient and discussing treatment options with them and their families. As they worked tirelessly throughout the day, they couldn’t help but feel a sense of fulfillment, knowing their efforts would make a significant difference in the lives of these patients. ”One of the reasons we come here is because of the CURE organization, individuals, physicians and nurses that work tirelessly to improve people’s lives,” said Dr. Scott Kozin.