The Road to Recovery

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.



One thought on “The Road to Recovery

  1. Zelalem says:

    I am extremely glad that my boss chose me to be one of the facilitators to put my fingerprints in the effort to help this teenage girl see her bright days. My heartfelt thanks goes to Dr. James Alpers and his wonderful and dedicated team. Without them this could not have happened. I wish the lady (Ethiopian young woman) who was going to Georgia and was not interested to help this young girl and her father could see her now and learn from these kind doctors and cooperative persons the result of doing such exceptionally good deed. I did not ask her to buy this teenage girl and her father some food or pay them the fare for their plane ticket. I asked her at that time to help them easily check in inside the Ethiopian airlines terminal and help them by translating inside the airplane. That was the day when that Ethiopian lady made me feel very sad. She does not truly represent our tradition of helping each other and the true nature of responsible women across the board. Any ways, this young girl is totally different from what she was in the past. It is time now to work on attitudinal change. I have done my best to share the girl’s picture after surgery to her family members and used this opportunity to let family members and all villagers in “Kike” kebele know that the problem is not curse but a health problem that can happen due to some factors and that can actually be corrected.
    From Ethiopia

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