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Nardos Tassew of Bahir Dar

We are very saddened by the loss of Nardos Tassew of Bahir Dar. She was a wonderful person and was our translator during RESTOR’S 2016 medical mission to Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Nardos made [...]

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Beyond the Hospital…

A beautiful sunset settles over the plains just north-east of Bahir Dar, accenting a pair of Warka trees on a hill.  Below, a man is seen walking beside the road in this dry land. The roads [...]

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The Team

Together with all of the medical professionals already mentioned in previous blog-posts, there are of course many of us in either supportive or administrative roles. The Mission Director for [...]

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The Surgeons

Our entire team is here to support the surgical work that is being done by our amazing team of 3 plastic surgeons.  Dr. Stan Valnicek from Kelowna is the surgical team leader, and a veteran of [...]

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Affectionately known as “Tigi” on the Ward.

  Fasikaw Tigabu.  Not only is his name adorable, so is he.  He’s one of my favourites on the ward.  Always eloquent, always smiling. He is 25 now, but was 18 when he had his accident, and [...]

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Thank you Rotary & Rotaract!

It is Wednesday night, April 13, 2016.  We have just about finished our mission here in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, and we are all feeling mixed up about that!  Yes, we are ready for food that is [...]

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Gamby’s Angels!

You’ve probably spent time in hospital before. It is few of us who haven’t! If so, you know that the faces of health-care are the nurses. Yes, there is a team of professionals that are all part [...]

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Pediatricians

Since many of the surgeries performed by the team are for children, there are two Paediatricians with us: Dr. Collin Yong from Vancouver, and Dr. Faruqa Ladha from Calgary. These two provide the [...]

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Is there an O.T. in the House?

Surgery can accomplish amazing things, but without the correct post-surgical treatment and therapy the benefit can be reduced, or in some cases lost due to a recurrence of the original problem. [...]

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A Tale of Two Babies

Meet Eshetu Esubalew (on the left), a 3-year old boy who was born with fingers not separated on both hands.  In the next crib, we have little Legese Anerto, a two-year old, who at 6 months, fell [...]