Say Hello to Ahmed, Follow his Surgery process below!
December 2017: The Scoliosis Project (TSP) has received over $24,000 in donations since June and we are proud to announce that our fully funded Ethiopian friend, Ahmed, will finally be going for surgery at the FOCOS hospital in Ghana!
Learn more about Ahmed's story here.
February 2018: Ahmed has reached the FOCOS Hospital in Ghana and is undergoing traction to prepare him for spine surgery.
April 2018: Ahmed on the hospital bed, nearing completion with the traction process and preparing for surgery. Smiling amidst the pain!
My name is Armaan and I am a seventeen year old in my senior year at Singapore American School. The Scoliosis Project is an initiative I created that focuses on raising awareness for spinal deformities and looks to provide access to spinal fusion surgery for those that cannot afford it. The focus of this initiative is based in Ethiopia. Now, you are probably thinking why Ethiopia?
Well, it really is a perfect storm of genetic mutation, persistent tuberculosis, and deformities caused by polio. These conditions mostly have been eradicated elsewhere. The most speculative theory is that Ethiopia was bombarded with nerve gas in the 1930s. Add this to abject poverty, illiteracy, and sub-standard infrastructure - you get present day Ethiopian spines. The most heart wrenching part is that it hits the little kids as young as two years old, and unwitting parents who have no idea and wait until its too late. Notwithstanding, they have a gift - a man who has dedicated his life work into helping them recognize their condition, and where possible connect the dots of philanthropic funding, and pro-bono with surgical expertise from the US and Ghana to actually make a difference.
His name is Dr. Hodes, and I am working with him to make my small contribution in this journey.
Learn more about the story behind the initiative here.
Meet some of the patients here.
Meet our partners here.