Sisay Gudeta, then age 7, sits on his bed at his home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 2013. At the time, his spine curved about 120 degrees. Without surgery, Sisay's scoliosis would have killed him before age 18, doctors said.
Light shines on Sisay's back in the operating room before surgery at the Foundation for Orthopedics and Complex Spine hospital in Accra, Ghana, March 14. Scoliosis often kills children in developing countries, says Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, who operated on Sisay.
Sisay stands at the top of a physical therapy stair. He spent months away from his family at the Accra hospital undergoing a spine-stretching treatment, surgery and recovery. "Ghana is too hot," says the young boy from Ethiopia.