Catherine's Gift

Since 1959, Dr Catherine Hamlin has lived and worked in Ethiopia. With her husband, Reg, she pioneered surgery for obstetric fistula and established the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.


John Little takes us inside the extraordinary world of Dr Catherine Hamlin following the fate of some of the women who have travelled to Dr Hamlin's hospitals in the hope of a cure for their fistula injuries. It shows us the day-to-day experiences of the staff and the tireless work of Catherine Hamlin herself.


Paperback 288 pages. Published 2010.


What readers thought of Catherine's Gift by John Little


I found this book a wonderful follow up to The Hospital by the River. Wonferful to read the progress and extend of Catherine's work. What she has achieved is an example to us all. Jessie Burrows.


I had read the original book, The Hospital by the River, which was eye-opening. This book, is a beautifully written follow-up, but can be read as a stand-alone book. Not only is it a story of a woman ahead of her time, a surgeon herself in times when this was extremely rare, but of the inspiration she is to so many others. The challenges faced (and met) would daunt anyone, but Catherine has met them all with grace and fortitude. One person truly can make a staggering difference in a world where hope now reigns for those who were once hopeless. Sprocket, NSW.

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