Similar to many mothers who give birth to a baby with a disability in this region of the world, Adolawork was stigmatized after the birth of her son, Bereket, who was born with clubfeet. Adolawork’s husband was broken when he saw the baby. Great sadness filled the house where they lived.
Adolawork took her son to a nearby hospital where they casted both feet and later performed surgery, but there was no change. After many visits to other hospitals and several more surgeries, Bereket still had clubfeet. Nothing had changed.
Years passed. Bereket went to school and was made fun of because of his inability to walk like the other children.
During her years of suffering, Adolawork’s husband left her and went to another city. Adolawork, a Christian, prayed that God would take away her shame.
One day she heard about the CURE hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Adolawork and Bereket live about 700 kilometers south of Addis Ababa. After she heard about CURE, Adolawork brought her son to the hospital and registered him for surgery. Adolawork said the hospital was like heaven for her.
Her life was restored and revived by the experience at the hospital. The healing of her son took away all the shame that she had carried for years. She was proud and happy for the first time in her life.
When Adolawork returned home she wanted to praise God with her neighbors and tell them what God had done through CURE. She prepared lunch for her neighbors. She went door-to-door to those who said bad things about her faith and her child for many years. Adolawork said,
“Come, I want you to thank my God with me.”
When they came, she told them the story of her child who was healed and how God blessed her because of CURE Ethiopia. Adolawork said, “That day was the greatest day of my life. I was so thankful to God because he enabled me to stand without fear in front of my villagers because of the healing of my son.”