On Sept. 11, surgeons at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park removed a 7- to 8-pound benign tumor from the neck of Aster Degaro, a 13-year-old girl from southern Ethiopia. The growth was life-threatening because it displaced her carotid artery. Her trip and surgery were sponsored by the Little Baby Face Foundation. With the mass removed, Aster now has a chance to begin a normal life.
“This truly is a new beginning,” said Aster’s father, Derebe, who joined his daughter on the trip. “Now my daughter can go to school and have friends … she will have a life.”