Dr. Catherine Hamlin: 90 Year Old Surgeon Keeps a Steady Hand in Ethiopia

Dr. Catherine Hamlin, who celebrated her 90th birthday last week, has lived in Ethiopia for over 52 years. She tells SBS Radio that she will continue her work with childbirth injury patients. (Fistula Hospital)

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By Naomi Selveratnam

Australian surgeon Catherine Hamlin has just celebrated her 90th birthday, and for most people, this would be a good enough reason to slow down.

But Dr Hamlin says she will continue her work with women in Ethiopia with the potentially life-threatening medical condition, obstetric fistula.

When Catherine Hamlin celebrated her 90th birthday, she didn’t want gifts or a party.

Instead, she says she wished for her hands to remain steady enough to continue to operate on some of the thousands of women who come to the hospital she and her late husband, Reg, established in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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