Amazing transformation

A young man came to our hospital from a region to the east.  Something was causing pain in his leg, so he and his best friend traveled to Soddo Christian Hospital because they knew he would receive excellent care.

About a year ago, a group of Ethiopian Christians from Soddo went to the region of these young men to share the gospel. However, the outreach group purposely decided  not to go to the village of these two men because of the violent reputation of this tribe. They are known for killing up to 30 people in retribution for a single offense.

While the patient and his friend, both from this violent tribe, were at Soddo Christian Hospital, they watched the Jesus Film, and one of our hospital chaplains visited with them. God had touched the heart of the patient's friend, and he was gloriously saved! Not only that, but the new believer is the son of the king of this tribe. He has returned to his home, eager to share the love and truth he found in Christ with his family and tribe.

The son of a king has become a son of the King of Kings. There is much rejoicing here.


Surgical Treatment of Chronic Elbow Dislocation Allowing for Early Range of Motion: Operative Technique and Clinical Results

Surgical Treatment of Chronic Elbow Dislocation Allowing for Early Range of Motion: Operative Technique and Clinical Results

This is the largest case series of surgically treated patients with chronic elbow dislocation. Using our surgical technique, 97% of patients had good or excellent outcome with a low complication rate. Open reduction of chronic elbow dislocation can be accomplished while permitting early motion with minimal recurrent dislocation risk.

We have developed a straightforward surgical technique that allows for early elbow range of motion (ROM) with a little risk of recurrent instability. We present the operative technique and results of this surgical technique from 2 tertiary centers in Ethiopia. Our hypothesis is that our surgical technique and postoperative rehabilitation protocol allows for good patient outcome regardless of injury duration.

Duane R. Anderson, MD,* Justin M. Haller, MD,Lucas A. Anderson, MD,Samuel Hailu, MD,Abebe Chala, PT,* and Shawn W. ODriscoll, MD, PhD§

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Rheumatic heart disease early detection

Sonosite Ultrasound hard at work one day after arrival. We have already identified 4 cases of Rheumatic Heart Disease. Dr Ron Johannson is training our staff on identification and early treatment options.

Their website in Lifestream Founation. Ron and his wife, Colleen, have been traveling the world for over 30 year training mission hospitals.

 

In 1981 they went on their first overseas mission. Their focus has been on medical education, leaving tools for those who are called to serve the poor.

They continue to teach and provide medical care in resource limited areas. Their goal is to improve the lives of the people they serve in the name of Christ.


"Christian" is his new name

Our hospital has a growing pediatric and neonatal service. We just opened our new Neonatal ICU (NICU) 5 months ago and have seen some great results, not just from physical, but from a spiritual perspective.

Our hospital has a three pronged vision statement:

  • to provide excellent medical care,
  • to make disciples
  • and to share the gospel.

In 2017, the chaplains at SCH shared the gospel with 28,714 patients and visitors, resulting in 218 people placing their faith in Jesus Christ.

In our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), we have come to understand the importance of a child’s name. In Ethiopia, a child’s name often represents the conditions surrounding their birth. Sometimes a child is named “The Rain” or “Patience,” and other times it has deeper meaning.

About one month ago, in our NICU we admitted a very sick three-week-old neonate named Bochore. His family were members of the traditional Ethiopian Orthodox Church. He had very severe pneumonia. He had started treatment elsewhere, but didn’t see improvement. In fact at our hospital it was a very difficult battle, because despite our first line and second line treatments, Bochore did not improve. Every day, we would pray with Bochore and his family, for the love of Christ to be evident through us and for his healing.

After nearly four weeks in our hospital on oxygen, he was finally discharged. Every day for a month, we prayed with this family. Every day for a month, we shared who Jesus is in our actions and our words. Every day, our hospital chaplains would spend extra time with this family. At the end of their stay, the child’s mother and grandmother cried and cried. They had felt the love of Christ and wanted that in their lives. The mother professed Christ as her Lord and they changed the child’s name. His new name was Christian.

Would you consider a gift to allow us to further expand this important department?  You can donate here


Life change yard sale

Have you ever considered having a yard sale?

How about selling everything because you're quitting your job and moving to Africa?

Nate and Cherly Ross are doing exactly that!  They plan to join the full time missionary staff at Soddo Christian Hospital in August 2018.  Please pray with us for them during this exciting, stressful, life changing period.

To learn more about their story and process please email ken@soddo.org

 


A gift from a recent visitor, new mural in the Pediatric department

thor simpson psalms smallkja 139

You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.

Psalms 139:13 & 14

Thor Simpson, the brother of SCH Missionary Taylor Simpson, recently spent part of his visit painting this beautiful mural and faithfully transcribed Psalms 139 into Amharic.