What I Know for Sure

14 July, 2017
What I Know for Sure

A wise woman, Judith Campbell, once said, “when your heart speaks, take good notes.” It’s been more than two decades since I met two people who would change my life forever: Dr. Catherine Hamlin, the pioneering founder of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, and one of her fistula patients, a young woman left incontinent from the unrelieved obstructed labor that also resulted in the death of her baby. Abandoned by her husband, the patient was clearly and understandably depressed. Hamlin simply radiated a palpable love for both her work and her patient. As she talked with gentle determination about how surgery could transform the young woman’s life and those of the 100 or so other women in the ward, she touched the deepest part of my heart. Read more