Plenty jet lagged after nearly 9,000 miles of air travel, Dawit Berhanu wasn’t the least bit nervous for a life-changing surgery.

The 15-year-old flew from Ethiopia to the Santa Clara Valley earlier this month for a procedure to correct the curvature of his spine from scoliosis. The surgery was done at no cost thanks to a local doctor and assistance from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a Cupertino family and Good Samaritan Hospital.

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