Weekend Punch: Relax, unwind and read this
Meet Catherine Hamlin. She’s the 88-year-old Australian doctor who founded a hospital in Addis Ababa, Africa, 40 years ago. Dr Hamlin’s hospital, which she built with her husband, cares specifically for Ethiopian women who suffer debilitating injuries during childbirth. Even more extraordinarily, Dr Hamlin still works at the hospital everyday.
Dr Hamlin visited Australia this week to raise funds for the hospital that has treated approximatley 30,000 women free of charge, since it opened in 1959. Dr Hamlin told reporters the conditions they treat were largely eradicated worldwide at the start of the 20th century, but lack of access to caesarian section operations and care for birthing mothers has had a devastating impact on Ethiopian women. It’s hoped that a new midwifery school at Addis Ababa will be part of a long-term solution.
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