Ethiopian girl receives surgery for cancer in eye (Video)

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — On Thursday, a young Ethiopian girl will undergo life-saving surgery at UCSF’s Children’s Hospital. The girl has made an incredible journey to get to the United States and he had help from a San Ramon couple who pushed to make it possible.

It’s been a long journey from Ethiopia and 13-year-old Belen Henok is anxious to undergo life saving surgery on a cancerous melanoma on her eye.

“You can see all of this has grown over to the other side of the eye and it’s starting to hit on the cornea there, right on the edge of the cornea,” says Dr. John Turns.

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Ethiopian girl receives surgery for cancer in eye
Belen Henok with Dr. John Turns of doctorsgivingback.org

Blain’s family sold their only source of income for airplane tickets to the U.S. Her tiny village chipped in the rest.

“There’s one car which we all use and that’s our one car and we [sold] it and we come here,” says Blain.

“Most people in this particular region don’t live past 40 years of age. One in five kids don’t survive. It’s very, very difficult to see,” says physician’s assistant Jana Turns from the organization Doctors Giving Back.

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