Book Review: Catherine Hamlin River Hospital

Dr. Catherine Hamlin River Hospital is a remarkable story. These were gynecologists Catherine and Reg Hamlin, who left Australia in 1959 on a short-term contract to establish a midwifery school in Ethiopia. 50 years later, Catherine is still here, helping thousands of women lead normal lives after living like outcasts.

This wonderful couple dedicated their lives to women suffering from the terrible consequences of disabled work. We have rarely heard of it in developing countries. Nevertheless, the situation is sad for many women who live in remote areas. Many of them are minors. After 9 months of carrying their baby in the womb, when the day has finally come and labor begins, it can sometimes take 3 or 4 days before they actually give birth to their babies. Until then, babies were dead, at such a tender age, they have to deal with physical exhaustion and emotional loss. However, this is only the beginning of their tragedy. Long and paralyzed labor left these young women with terrible internal injuries. They were very often neglected and rejected by their husbands, families and friends. To live incapable and humiliated for a lifetime. The terrible injuries caused by this work are called fistulas.

Your dedication and sacrifice left me in awe and wonder. Sometimes I get carried away by the sad condition of the many poor women described in this book. The world would surely be a better place if there were a lot more Catherine and Reg among us. They are not just doctors; They are also stewards, fundraisers, and hope for the many injured women in Ethiopia, both physically and emotionally.

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