Nearly a week has passed since Aster emerged from her transformative surgery. As the postoperative pain recedes and Aster adjusts to her new “normal”, her progression is right on track. It has been a tough week, but Aster has persevered, Derebe always by her side.
Her exceptional journey has proven the adage, “it takes a village”. Aster’s village extends far beyond Keke, Ethiopia; the village of New York has truly embraced this inspiring girl and her father.
A dear and insightful friend remarked, “the word Aster comes from the ancient Greek, ἀστήρ, meaning “star”.
This star is brightly shining.