Dr Hamlin’s life was extraordinary and she will always remain as a person who achived so much for so many vulnerable women. God bless all involved and may her legacy to care for others continue. Love, Julie
What a remarkable selfless and humble human being. If only each of us were able to emulate her.
May she sleep in eternal rest and may her legacy continue
I will continue my small part in this endeavor.
I am very grateful for the fact that Dr Hamlin – because of his policy of visiting all inpatients after he returned from a trip away – visited me the night he returned from a trip in 1952. He recognised that I was in labour and in distress and had me taken to the labour ward where my daughter was delivered – alive, thankfully. He said that if she hadn’t been delivered then she would have died.
Like many I have been a longtime supporter and admirer of the wonderful Dr Catherine Hamlin. What an amazing life she led and an equally amazing legacy she leaves behind. Vale Catherine – you may no longer walk amongst us but you will never be forgotten.
It was my pleasure to support the amazing work of Dr Catherine Hamlin, an inspiration to women across the world. Her passing leaves the world a poorer place but we must try our best to continue her legacy.
She led by example .A totally selfless woman with a passion to do all humanely possible for these suffering young women.
If only we could clone wonderful human beings such as she and her husband Rex.
To be called to do such amazing emotional work among the voiceless in Ethiopia especially during such challenging decades for the country ,just takes our breath away with total admiration. May her amazing work continue on ,with the world’s help ,prayers and her dedicated colleagues.
So saddened to know that such a caring life has finally ended.
So happy to know that Dr Catherine is finally reunited with her beloved husband Reg.
Such Passion, Commitment, Dedication and Humbleness are qualities that I can only aspire to.
It saddens my heart to hear of Dr. Catherine Hamlin’s passing. She is the one who inspired me to go into medicine and specifically Obstetrics & Gynecology. She truly served the women of Ethiopia with grace and humility. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and colleagues.
In 1988 in central Illinois I gave birth to my first child. It was a traumatic birth and I suffered a bad rectal tear, but I had a healthy baby which was all that mattered. At first. The tear did not heal well and left me with an anal fistula that leaked fecal matter. I was 30 years old. Seven months after my daughter was born, I underwent a fistula repair surgery. Until this time, I had never heard of fistulas. My surgeon asked if medical students could observe my surgery because it didn’t happen that much in the USA and some of the doctors would be working in countries where it did happen more. I agreed. That’s how I learned that many women were not so fortunate as I was to get the surgery, with incredible social consequences. When I learned of Dr. Hamlin’s work, I knew I had to join her. It has been my honor to provide funds for a fistula surgery every year on my daughter’s birthday, which I will continue to do the rest of my days to honor the legacy of one of the most compassionate women who ever lived. Rest In Peace, dear Catherine.
I first heard of Catherine when I came to Australia in the 70s and was living in Lane Cove; I felt humbled by the courage and love of this woman doctor and her husband. So many years she has lived for others. There are not many people who have this courage and this love. Catherine was one in a million. She will be missed, but she has left behind her work and others whom she inspired with her love and her courage. May her work go on until no cases of fistula exist.
What an absolute joy it was when I was given “Hospital by the River” to read. I was not even aware of this problem with Fistula. Thankyou Dr Hamlin for your steadfastness and tenacity over so many years to help so many women in Ethiopia. Your legacy lives on. Thankyou. RIP Catherine 💖🙏🏼
Such sad news to hear. I first saw and heard about Catherine’s work in approx. 1992 when I saw her on Opera and since then she has inspired me to help others in dire need. Her life long work has been truly amazing. I’m sending my prayers and thoughts to her family and friends