November 24, 2012
Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan In April Dr. Michael Lipsitt, center, and his wife Jeanne, left, were in Gondar, Ethiopia on a mission trip with Jewish Healthcare International where they met Eyasu Minas Woldekirkos, right, and wanted to help him. Eyasu, 29, of Gondar came to America to have a triple heart valve replacement surgery performed by cardiac surgeon Dr. David Langford at Gwinnett Medical Center. The Lipsitt's of John's Creek have hosted Eyasu and his translator Muluken Messele during their one month stay in the United States as seen in this photograph taken on Wednesday.
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Eyasu Minas Woldekirkos says he was not afraid, not of the roughly 7,700-mile journey from his native Ethiopia, or of the complicated cardiac surgery that awaited once he arrived in Lawrenceville.