The Hospital by the River  -     By: Catherine Hamlin, John Little
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The Hospital by the River

Kregel Publications / 2005 / Paperback

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The Hamlins, both committed Christians, dedicated their lives to women suffering the catastrophic effects of obstructed labor - a problem easily dealt with in the developed world by assisted delivery or caesarean section, but disastrous without medical intervention. The awful injuries that such labor produces are called fistulae, and until the Hamlins began their work in Ethiopia, fistula sufferers were neglected and forgotten - a vast group of women facing a lifetime of incapacity and degradation.

Catherine and Reg have successfully operated on over 20,000 women, and the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, the hospital they opened in 1975, has become a major teaching institution for surgeons from all over Ethiopia and the developing world. Since Reg's death, Catherine has continued their work, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. This book is her story. Set against the vivid backdrop of Ethiopia, it is a moving and utterly compelling account of an extraordinary life.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.0 (inches)
ISBN: 0825460719
ISBN-13: 9780825460715
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When gynecologists Catherine and Reg Hamlin left their home in Australia for Ethiopia, they never dreamed that they would establish what has been heralded as one of the most incredible medical programs in the modern world. But more than forty years later, the couple has operated on more than 20,000 women, most of whom suffer from obstetric fistula, a debilitating childbirth injury. In this awe-inspiring book, Dr. Catherine Hamlin recalls her life and career in Ethiopia. Her unyielding courage and solid faith will astound Christians worldwide as she talks about the people she has grown to love and the hospital that so many Ethiopian women have come to depend on. She truly is the Mother Teresa of our age.

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    This should be read by all Christians - especially those who think that the poor are poor because it's their own fault. The book should be read not only to see what commitment in the name of Christ can achieve, but also to show the appalling condition of some of the women suffering from fistula problems. One woman sat begging at a bus-stop for 7 years to earn anough money to travel to the hospital. If these and other stories don't impact on people they must have a heart of stone.

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