Dr Catherine Hamlin

January 24th 1924 –

It is with deep sadness we share the news of the passing of Dr Catherine Hamlin, co-founder of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

On Wednesday March 18th Catherine passed away peacefully at her home on the grounds of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia where she has lived for 61 years.

Melanie Wark

By Developer,

Have followed Dr Catherine Hamlin’s work for many years. What a wonderful service and a wonderful example of humanity and compassion. She inspires me to want to do better. Best wishes to all those continuing her work.

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Mary Mawhinney

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Ian Johnson

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Forget the sports people and so called celebrities, Catherine Hamlin was a true superstar

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Stephanie Thompson

By Developer,

I first heard of Catherine’s via the book The Hospital By The River and immediately donated towards her work. I was immediately struck by the dedication and compassion she, and her husband, had shown towards women suffering from a condition I had never previously heard of. She truly devoted her life to these women who would have had no-one to support them without her.
Her long life has been very well lived. I pass on my condolences to her family and friends.
With sympathy, Stephanie

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Jean Matthews

By Developer,

Catherine,

The world is in your debt. Thank you for your generosity of time and spirit, your training of so many midwives to continue your trail-blazing work, and your inspiration to so many. You are so sadly missed.

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SOSINA

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I wanted to kiss your hands for a long time but Iam sad now I will not be able to do that any more. You have been a sign of real humanity for me. You made the world a better place. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for touching and saving my fellow Ethiopan women. You are beyond words.
Rest in Peace

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Azeb Zeleke

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I am female. I was born and raised in Ethiopia. I grew up hearing the horror stories of forced marriage, its despicable consequences, and Dr. Hamlin’s effort to help this man-made tragedy. Currently, I live in the USA. I am in the healthcare field, and Dr. Hamlin is one of the reasons why I decided to volunteer with mission trips and pursue higher education so that I can make even a greater impact. Thank you for showing us what it means to live a selfless yet meaningful life. You will always be my hero!!!

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Wondmagegn Tafesse

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We lost such an incredible woman! She lived her life for those forgotten women throughout Ethiopia and saved many of them. Thank you so much for what you did and you will be remembered in our communities. RIP Dr. Catherine!

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Jessica

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Thank you Dr. Hamlin
I became a the nurse that I am today because of you. I had always hoped to meet it work with you one day. I know that will never happen now but I will forever cherish the work that you did and the impact you had on me.
Thank you
Jessica
From Sydney, Australia

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Jo Wright, Consultant Midwife

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Dr Catherine Hamlin will live on in the incredible work she has done. Her name will be spoken forever by grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and nieces all women for whom she changed lives.

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Tsegaye A. Tilahun

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I am saddened by the loss of such inspirational woman Dr. Cathrine she will live ever in many women’s heart for her unreserved love and great work done. May GOD keep her in his side and rest her in Peace.

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Fitsumalem Moges

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Catherine could have lived a life of comfort in her native country, instead she choose to sacrify that for the comfort of poor Ethiopian women. She is the reflection of humanity at its finest. One of the very few who is not answering any questions from God.

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Mimi

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“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” I Love you every day. Now I miss everyday! Lots of love 💓 Ethiopia lost an angel!!!

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Dereje Gebreselassie

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Thank you Doctor Hamlin and Reg to saves our womens over 60 years,you are a Messenger of god to help Ethiopians am sure your soul will be in heaven behind Abreham,Isaac and Jakob also we will never forget you Emaye

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karen rosman

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Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife
To all the sensual world proclaim
One crowded hour of glorious life
is worth an age without a name
(Thomas Osbert Mordaunt)

How fortunate the world has been been that Dr Catherine’s ‘crowded hour’ was indeed a lifetime.
RIP good lady. There will be no waiting at the gates for you.

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Debra jones

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It’s going to be very sad world without this wonderful women wish there were so many more like her will be a great loss to so many will never forget the work she achieved and the women she has helped ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Adam Williams Anaesthetic Nurse at SAH Wahroonga NSW

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A true gift from God. I grew up near where Dr Hamlin lived at Ryde. Inspired me in Obstetrics at a nursing level. Gone But Never Forgotten.
Thank you Catherine for being so humble and caring so much.

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Adam williams Anaesthetic Nurse at SAH Wahroonga NSW

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A true gift from God. I grew up near where Dr Hamlin lived at Ryde. Inspired me in Obstetrics at a nursing level. Gone But Never Forgotten.

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Daniel Hiest

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Oh my … there are not enough words of deep feeling that can express our sadness at the passing of Emaye Catherine … her devotion, kindness, humanity, knowledge, courage in all that she did and accomplished, with her husband, so selflessly for a whole lifetime … restoring dignity to women who had nowhere else to go, in a country that she loved and called home … constantly sharing her love, her humanity, and her quiet determination … … rest now Dr Hamlin in the certain knowledge that you will never, ever be forgotten, and always loved, and always admired … …

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Penny Blazey

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After supporting her cause for over 40 years, I believe that Catherine Hamlin is the greatest woman who has ever lived. She, with her husband Reg, has helped more people (mostly women) than any living person I know. And these women are amongst the most desperately poor and suffering in the world. Their work has been so effective and successful over the last 60 years with the number of fistula operations performed and the push to prevent future fistulas happening by training local midwives in the five additional hospitals built over the last few years that it looks like their goal to eradicate fistulas in Ethiopia will be reached in the near future. What an achievement! And what an amazing legacy she has left. Hooray for Catherine and the future of her dream.

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