Happy 93rd Birthday Dr Catherine Hamlin!
Posted by sharon on Tuesday 31st January 2017
On January 24th, our beloved Dr Catherine Hamlin, founder of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, turned 93 years old! She had a lovely celebration at her home in Ethiopia, surrounded by close friends and patients past and present. Dr Catherine still lives on the grounds of the hospital and is incredibly engaged in continuing the legacy of her work.
She wrote to thank our donors last Christmas:
“I am so grateful to all the supporters who continue to give us funds to run our hospital. Fistula is a tragic injury that causes enormous sadness. The women often have to live alone and their lives are very tragic but they can be cured and many of them have become wonderful citizens of Ethiopia and are helping others with similar birth injuries. Things are improving as we have many more doctors going out in to the rural areas to identify patients. I hope one day there won’t be any more fistula cases in Ethiopia and it will be like the so called developed world. I am so grateful for your interest in our work as it is seldom talked about. It is work I enjoy very much and although I am retired I still get great joy from seeing women cured and I continue to live in the grounds of the hospital. Thank you for your wonderful donations and for all you are doing for us.”
What a remarkable woman!