Working at CURE: Former patient builds supports for kids

“When I saw the change the workshop here at CURE Ethiopia brought to those we serve in the community, I knew I would be here a long time,” said Bayesa.

Bayesa Gadisa was born in a town north of the capital city of Addis Ababa. He is the second born of four to his parents. About seven years ago, a nurse who was working at the hospital referred Bayesa to go to CURE for treatment. Bayesa had polio, and his ankle had become deformed. It became difficult for him to bear his own weight.

Our previous Medical Director, Dr. Eric, performed an operation on Bayesa. After some time, he was walking with his crutch. Dr. Eric’s wife was speaking with Bayesa and asked what it is he did for work. At the time, Bayesa had been working in a wood workshop. She asked if he would be interested in learning how to make ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) and braces for the children who are treated at the hospital. Later on that year, he went to Cheshire for a three-month training program in order to learn how to make those items. Upon finishing training, Bayesa returned to CURE to start at the new workshop in 2010.

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Bayesa is seen fitting sweet Natoli for his first brace.

In the last few months, the orthopedic workshop at CURE Ethiopia has been expanded. With more space to work, another worker and equipment were added. They have been able to work more efficiently. Previously only doing AFOs and braces, the workers are doing shoe raises and ground reaction AFOs, with hopes of having the materials to do prosthetics one day.

Recently, one our little patients, Natoli, finished serial casting and was ready to start walking with an AFO.

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Natoli smiles at the camera as Bayesa fits him for his first brace.

“I am thankful for all the change I’ve seen at CURE,  and hopeful that my son will walk one day,” said Yohannes, Natoli’s father.

Natoli had spina bifida from birth and was treated at a local hospital in Addis Ababa for it. After casting for his clubfoot and a supporting shoe didn’t produce a result there, they were referred to CURE.

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Bayesa puts Natoli’s first brace on him!

Helping many children like Natoli is what fulfills Bayesa and has kept him at CURE since the opening of the Orthopedic Workshop. We are thankful for his years of service!

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Bayesa and his co-worker, Ashebir

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Photo of the Mieraf Gebresellasie

About the Author:

Mieraf served as a Storyteller at CURE Ethiopia from 2015 to 2018. She was born in a refugee camp in Northern Sudan and grew up in the U.S. Having taken a few trips to Ethiopia, she recognized her calling to return to the land in which she belonged, to serve. Photography is her passion and she loves to show the voices of children through the images she captures. Mieraf enjoys hiking, learning with children, and exploring the uniqueness that is humanity. She loves listening, watching, hearing stories through people while traveling unbeaten paths, shopping at local markets, learning Amharic, and serving cake she’s baked to strangers wherever a cake is needed.

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