BEFORE, so very beautiful.


AFTER, so very beautiful.


Aster has emerged from anesthesia in the recovery room and is doing well.

Her surgery went PERFECTLY today.  She was in the operating room for about 7 hours and the tumor was completely removed by a team of three surgeons.

Derebe, her father, was supported by new friends all day as he waited anxiously.

“What does Derebe think?”

“He was speechless.  He is adjusting.  We were all blown away to see her post op.”

It’s difficult to imagine, isn’t it?

An enormous thank you to everyone who gave so freely of their time, their expertise and their hearts today and leading up to this momentous day.

Thanks to each and every one of you, reading this blog, for your good wishes and thoughtfulness.

TODAY is the celebration of the new year in Ethiopia.  This day stands for the end of the rainy season when everything becomes beautiful again:

“The big rains end and the sun comes out to shine all day long, creating an atmosphere of dazzling clarity and fresh clean air.  The highlands turn to gold as the Meskel daisies burst out in all their splendor.”

How apropos.


Stay tuned as Aster braves the challenges ahead.


4 thoughts on “Beautiful

  1. Tiblet says:

    Waw it is so amazing. I am touched by especially those who participated in this process and donated their time, skill, money everything ……
    Thanks to God for the successfull op
    We can learn a lot from this if everyone does his/her own small contribution , we make a difference. Pls continue your support to Aster.
    God bless you all for your wonderful job!!!

  2. Andrea Proctor says:

    Amazing! I just read Aster’s story and am now in tears for many reasons. What a wonderful, selfless thing everyone has done for her. You are all inspirations! Carol and Jim – I am so honored to call you friends. Blessings to you and to Aster and her family. xxoo, Andrea

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