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Ethiopia Mission

February 5, 2020 | Texas Back Institute

Why This Texas Doctor Received “Physician of the Year” Honors for Life-Changing Work Halfway Around the World

A selfless spine specialist at the renowned Texas Back Institute travels halfway around the world every year with a team of dedicated volunteers to Ethiopia to perform some of the most complex spine surgeries in the most challenging of circumstances. For his relentless pursuit of life-changing surgery to patients who…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

Meet Markos and Tamirat Bogale. It’s Their First Visit to America and Their Lives Will Never be the Same.

It is more than 8,300 miles between Dallas/Fort Worth and Ethiopia and Dr. Ted Belanger, a spine surgeon at Texas Back Institute, has made this trip many times since 2010, when he began his mission to help youngsters in this third world country overcome the ravages of scoliosis. While there…

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July 24, 2018 | Phillip Slaughter

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 4-6

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 4-6 Saturday, May 19, 2018 Day 4 Sorry I haven’t been able to post this yet but the wi-fi has been down since we arrived.  I am just keeping a running blog of our daily events. Hopefully I will be able to send…

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July 19, 2018 | Phillip Slaughter

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 12 – 15

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 12-15   Sunday May 27 Day 12 Today we only had one case. She was a 21-year-old female who at pre-opt had a 110° x-ray, but during surgery she measured 124° scoliosis. She is doing great and she looks great. Today is Dr….

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July 19, 2018 | Phillip Slaughter

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 6-11

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 6-11   Monday, May 21, 2018 Day 6 Today is actually day 11 that we have been doing surgery, but I have been overwhelmed with all the surgeries we have been doing and trying to take care of everyone that I have not…

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May 24, 2018 | Phillip Slaughter

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 1-3

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 Day 1 Wednesday Dr. Theodore Belanger, Walt Evans, Ashton Wise, Dr. Jeff Angobaldo and I (Toni Belanger) arrived on Wednesday May 16that 12:30am after a 16-hour flight. Our driver, Abe whom we have used for the past 4 years greeted us at the airport. We…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

Ethiopia Mission Trip 2016 – Days 1&2

For those of you who weren’t a part of the experience last year, I am Dr. Belanger’s daughter Lauren. This is my second year joining the team in Ethiopia. It has been an exhausting trip already and we just arrived into Addis yesterday. We had a layover in Dubai as…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

Ethiopia Mission Trip 2016 – Day 3

Today has been the most mentally exhausting day I have ever experienced in Addis Ababa. A couple of us finally managed to step away from the hospital and go out for some exploring. It gave us a better feel for how the patients we see are living before they come…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

Ethiopia Mission Trip 2016 – Day 4

  Ethiopia Day 4, 2016 I believe I may be getting sick from the elevation; my asthma and eight thousand feet do not mix very well. Yesterday’s surgeries went excellent. While we were out exploring, Dr. Belanger, my mom, Toni, and Walt were all still at the hospital with the…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

Ethiopia Mission Trip 2016- Day 5

Ethiopia Day 5, 2016 We started the day out with two patients Semira, a twenty four year old female, and Abemelek, a seven-year-old boy.  Since Dr. Bess arrived yesterday we have the ability to operate in two rooms at once. Dr. Bess is operating on Abemelek. When we brought Abemelek…

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