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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Fistula Repair and Foreign Aid: Kristof's Home Run

Op-editorialist Nicholas Kristof has a column in Sunday's New York Times that is jaw-dropping: the story of Mamitu Gashe, a surgeon in Ethiopia who is working her way through third grade at the same time that she has established herself and the clinic where she works as the obstetrical fistual capital of the world.  Kristof also mentions "a hospital here in Addis Ababa that offered free surgery by a saintly husband and wife pair of gynecologists from Australia, Reginald and Catherine Hamlin. Reg is now dead, while Catherine is the Mother Teresa of our time and is long overdue for a Nobel Peace Prize."  It's an incredible story.  [tm]

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