Our Pediatric ward is crowded

This week, I was amazed at how crowded the hospital grounds are.  I quickly learned that families stay on the property when their loved ones are hospitalized.  When all beds are filled, which is a common occurrence, some sick and injured patients stay in the yard waiting for a vacancy.  Families huddle together, sleep under […]

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Yehone, “his name means, “Let it be”

Yehone is a newborn baby at Soddo Christian Hospital. “Let It Be” is the meaning of his name, but that is an impossible task for his young mother and grandmother, both of whom anxiously await the outcome of a surgery on which they’ve just been debriefed. Yehone’s family has traveled to Soddo from their local […]

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Celebrating God’s mercy and grace

Celebrating God’s mercy and grace I know I always keep saying this, but seriously the cases I see here never cease to amaze me. Three weeks ago the ER called stating they had a pregnant mother critically ill and would I come right away to the OR because they were transferring her there. The story […]

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A Team Effort

The hospital has been buzzing lately about a young woman whose life was saved.  And with good reason!  She may be one of only a few patients to be mechanically ventilated and survive in this part of Ethiopia. Tseganesh was pregnant and getting near term, when she started feeling bad.  She went to another health […]

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Our Youngest Fundraisers Ever!

Our donors are truly amazing.  Occasionally, we have a donor (or group of donors) who are so extraordinary that we have to share the story with you.  This is one of those times… Near the end of 2014, we were blessed to be visited by Drs. Dustin and Angela Larson.  Angela is a family practitioner […]

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Giving Away Your Birthday

What does it mean to “give away your birthday”?  We found out when one generous little boy from Indiana did it when he turned nine. You see, usually birthdays (especially for kids) are all about the presents.  Sure, it’s a celebration, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  But often the day becomes more about what […]

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Happy World TB Day 2014!

You probably haven’t heard much about tuberculosis, or TB.  Maybe you remember that Nicole Kidman’s character Satine in Moulin Rouge died from TB.  Or you remember Katerina Ivanova in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.  But you probably don’t personally know anyone with the disease. But the fact is, TB is everywhere.  Epidemiologists estimate that 2.3 billion […]

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Help From Within & Without

We are so energized by our donors and volunteers.  We have folks who are giving financially to the hospital.  And we have folks who come and serve at the hospital.  So naturally, we would be excited about a family who has decided to do BOTH! Meet Claire Gahm.  She’s a fourth-year medical student at the […]

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Soddo Snakes!

We want to introduce you to Jackson.  Jackson is nine years old, and lives in Oregon.  And he has a heart for Ethiopia. Jackson heard about our hospital serving the poor in southern Ethiopia, and wanted to contribute to the cause.  He knits these adorable multipurpose snakes which he then sells as a fundraiser for […]

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What Will $100 Buy at Soddo Christian Hospital?

Getting lost in all the talk about Obamacare and health insurance?  Want to see some real information on what we can do with $100? Soddo Christian Hospital is saving lives in southern Ethiopia, and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism and discipleship.  A hundred  bucks will go a long way in our hospital! […]

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