Two Missions Save Lives with Allografts  |  February 13, 2013

When two mission-driven organizations partner together, amazing things happen! AlloSource, a nonprofit tissue bank, donated allografts to The Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) to help provide life-saving and life-enhancing tissue to the children of Ghana and West Africa.

As a result, lives were saved.  Two of those saved lives belong to 11-year-old Vivian and 7-year-old Julius.

Vivian: At age two, Vivian was paralyzed with early-onset scoliosis.  After being told for nearly a decade that nothing could be done, Vivian’s mother located a doctor and FOCOS volunteer who thought otherwise. Six surgeries and one allograft later, Vivian is an active and carefree 11-year-old girl.

Julius:  Seven-year-old Julius suffered from Potts Disease and tuberculosis. These diseases quickly damaged his spine, leaving Julius paralyzed.  After a life-saving surgery in November, Julius returned to his village a happy, active and healthy boy.


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