My friend Sue William's latest book "Healing Lives" was launched a few days ago, published by Pan Macmillan. This book is a must read.
Sue Williams is a bestselling author with 24 books to her name and also an award-winning journalist.
We met on assignment in the Solomon Islands many moons ago and have been friends ever since.
This book "Healing Lives" is about two incredible women, an unlikely friendship, and a a united mission to save the lives of some of the world's poorest and most desperate women. This is a compelling read.
In 1962, three years after doctors Catherine and Reg Hamlin arrived in Ethiopia, an illiterate peasant girl sought their aid. Mamitu Gashe was close to death and horrifically injured during childbirth after an arranged marriage - at the age of just fourteen to a man she'd never met - in a remote mountain village.
The Hamlins' Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital saved her and in return, Mamitu dedicated her life to Catherine's mission. Under the iconic doctor's guidance, Mamitu went from mopping floors and comforting her fellow patients, to becoming one of the most acclaimed fistula surgeons in the world, despite never having had a day's schooling.
This is a moving story of the friendship that saved the lives of over 60,000 of the poorest women on earth.
Tomorrow ( Thursday) listen to a conversation with The Hon, Quentin Bryce AD CVO and Sue Williams about the these two remarkable women...
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