Renowned spine surgeon Dr. Boachie is a key partner in Dr. Hodes' life-saving work, operating on most of Rick's complex cases.
Caring Family Helps Teen Stand Tall - October 2009
The story behind securing VGH approval to perform Tesfaye's spine surgery. This was the first time VGH approved surgery for a patient from outside our Canadian medical system.
Tesfaye's back before operation
Struck with TB in his village at the age of 8, Tesfaye's spine collapsed causing a difficult life of severe discomfort, pain and stigma until being operated on at VGH some 10 years later.
Tesfaye & Gary
Gary Segal with Tesfaye at Vancouver General Hospital, just before being rolled away for his complex 14 hour spinal surgery by Dr. Marcel Dvorak and his team
Tesfaye's back after surgery
After very complex and delicate 14 hour surgery, Tesfaye was 7 inches taller, with a straight back and aligned neck, organs with room to function and breathe, and a new lease on life.
Tesfaye Reunited with Mother Yeshi
Returning to Ethiopia after his life-changing spine surgery, Mother Yeshi sees Tesfaye standing straight for the first time since struck with spine crippling TB at the age of 8, in the town of Gimjabet near their home village
Tesfaye and sister Fanteye embrace
As Tesfaye approaches his village, 12 year old Fanteye runs out to embrace him joyfully.(Feb 2010).
Celebrating Tesfaye's "rebirth"
Family and villagers gather at Tesfaye's brother Semenye's hut to celebrate
Celebratory dancing and chanting
Family and village friends celebrated Tesfaye's miraculous transformation during our 3 day visit with dancing, chanting, food and drink.
Gary Segal attempting Agaw dancing
Drawn into the midst of the celebration, Gary does his best version of Agaw shoulder dancing. Not easy, but they appreciated the effort.
Dr. Hodes spine patients
Assessed and prioritized for life-changing spine surgery
Hodes spine patients
Young patients in transit after spine surgery in Ghana
Dr. Rick Hodes Bring Back Hope 2012
Bring Back Hope 2012
Gary, Tesfaye and Rick
Gary and his two "Rick" Heroes
Dr. Rick Hodes, honorary committee member Rick Hansen, and Gary Segal at the inaugural Evening to Bring Back Hope event 2012.
Dr. Robert Taylor BBH 2012
Dr. Robert Taylor, founder of UBC Faculty of Medicine Branch for International Surgical Care. A partner in the Bring Back Hope Initiative.
Peter Legge Bring Back Hope 2012
Wearing colourful Ethiopian hat and scarf knit by some of Dr. Rick's patients at Mother Theresa clinic in Addis.
Dr. Marcel Dvorak
Head of leading VGH spine unit, Dr. Marcel Dvorak and his team performed the complex 14 hour life-saving spine surgery on Tesfaye. Here Nanci and Gary Segal honouring "Team Tesfaye" at the BBH 2012 event.
Monsignor Fred Dolan BBH 2012
Representative of the coming together of diverse religious and multi-cultural elements of our community, Fr. Fred was one of our honorary committee members.
Attendees of Bring Back Hope 2012
Supporters having a good time.
Jill Krop, evening MC, BBH 2012
Jill Krop admiring Tesfaye's very cool Nike shoes custom designed in Ethiopian colours by Justin Segal
"Shlomo the Clown" and Jane BBH 2012
Wonderful supporter and sponsor
Dinner volunteers BBH 2012
Helpful volunteers with the book about Dr. Rick called "This is a Soul" by Marilyn Berger
A post BBH 2012 field trip to Ethiopia in Dec. 2012 by Gary Segal and Drs. Robert Taylor and Brian Westerberg of the UBC Branch for Int'l Surgical Care has led to an ongoing partnership with Gondar University Hospital dealing with trauma care.
Young spine patients
Spine Patient Photo Collage Ghana
On a wall in the Admin Centre at Dr. Boachie's FOCOS spine hospital Accra Ghana, some of the many Ethiopian patients that have been treated.
Dr. Chris Reilly at FOCOS Hospital
With traction patients. November 2015 trip by Dr. Chris Reilly (head of BC Children's Orthopaedics), Dr. John Street (VGH spine unit) and Gary Segal to Ghana and Ethiopia.
Tesfaye, Fanteye and two brothers.
On our 2010 village reunion trip,Tesfaye with his 12 year old sister Fanteye and two youngest of his four brothers. 12 year old Fanteye was about to be married a few months later.
Fanteye and her mother Yeshi
"Ripple effect" - Fanteye at 17
A few months after our celebratory 2010 village reunion trip, to her brother's despair, sister Fanteye was married in her village at the age of 12, and was forced to stop going to school by her in-laws. Through Tesfaye's insistence and persistence, at the age of 14 she left the village and joined Tesfaye in the capital city Addis. This picture was taken in Nov. 2015, the day she embarked with Tesfaye and Gary on the long journey back to visit her village.
Tesfaye and mother Yeshi Nov. 2015
A loving moment while gathered in Tesfaye's older brother Semenye's hut.
Curious and shy village children
Rick with 4 of his adopted boys
Four of Rick's five adopted sons joined us at the HBO premiere of "Making the Crooked Straight", the documentary by Susan Rockefeller Cohen about Rick's humanitarian work
"Making the Crooked Straight" poster
More of Rick's spine patients
Tesfaye,Candice Bergen,Chloe Malle
Nanci and I attending Dr. Boachie's Focos fundraiser in New York in 2009, on Tesfaye's way back to Ethiopia. We are honoured to have Candice and Chloe as Bring Back Hope Honourary Committee members.
Dr. Rick Hodes Brandeis Doctorate