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ማንበብና መፃፍ የማይችሉት ኢትዮጲያዊቷ የቀዶ ጥገና ሐኪም

ማንበብና መፃፍ የማይችሉት ኢትዮጲያዊቷ የቀዶ ጥገና ሐኪም ጋር እናስተዋቅዎ። በ 73 ዓመቷ ወደ ኦፕሬሽን ቲያትር የተመለሰችበት ልብ የሚነካ ምክንያት መሆኑን የገለጸችው ከኢትዮጵያ ተራራማ አከባቢዎች የፈለቀችው ያልተማረችው ኢትዮጵያዊ እንዴት በ አፍሪካ ሕክምና ወደፊት እንደገሰገሰች እንመለከታለን።

ማሚቱ ጋሼ (ፎቶግራፎቿን ከታች ይመልከቱ) የመጀመሪያዋ ልጅዋን በኢትዮጵያ በገጠር መንደሯ ውስጥ በጭቃ ጎጆ ውስጥ ስታምጥ የ አስራስድስት አመት ልጅ ነበረች።

ልጁ በሆዷ ውስጥ ከመሞቱ በፊት በከባድ ስቃይ ለ አራት ቀናት የቆየች ሲሆን አሰቃቂ ጉዳቶችም ደርሰውባታል።

ይህ የወሊድ ችግር በማሚቱ ላይ ባደረሰው ጉዳት ሽንቷንና ሰገራዋን መቆጣጠር ባለመቻሏ የወሊድ ፌስቱላ በሽተኛ ሆና ነበር።

ለሕክምና አዲስ አበባ መጥታ የደረሰባትን የወሊድ ፌስቱላ ችግር በአውስትራሊያዊቷ ሐኪም ካትሪን ሀምሊን ታክም ነበር።

ባዶ እግሯንና ምንም ሳትማር አዲስ አበባ የመጣችው ማሚቱ ዶክተር ሐምሊን ዘንድ በመቅረት ከዶክተር ሐምሊን ስር ስር በማለት የቀዶ ጥገና ሕክምና ጥበብን ተማረች።

አሁን ሰባ ሶስት አመቷ ነው ማሚቱ ጋሼ በአፍሪካ የመድኃኒት የወደፊት ዕጣ ፈንታ’ ተብላ ተደስታለች – ግን አሁንም ማንበብ እና መጻፍ አልቻለችም

Meet the top surgeon who can’t read or write: How an illiterate girl from the mountains of Ethiopia became the ‘future of African medicine’ – as the heartwarming reason she’s returning to the operating theatre at 73 is revealed

Mamitu Gashe was 16 when she went into labour with her first child in a mud hut in her rural village in Ethiopia

She spent four days in excruciating pain before her baby son died inside her, leaving her with horrific injuries

Mamitu sustained an ‘obstetric fistula’ which left her incontinent, uncontrollably leaking urine and faeces
Fate brought her to the capital Addis Ababa where she was treated by Australian doctor Catherine Hamlin
Barefoot and illiterate, Mamitu learned to operate on others like her by placing her hands over Dr Hamlin’s
Now 73, she has been hailed as the ‘future of medicine in Africa’ – but she still can’t read or write.

An illiterate surgeon raised barefoot in the mountains of Ethiopia grew up to become the ‘future of African medicine’ – and she still can’t read or write.

Mamitu Gashe was 16 when she went into labour with her first child in a mud hut in her highland village in 1963.

She spent four days in excruciating pain before her baby son died inside her, causing an obstetric fistula – a devastating injury sustained during traumatic childbirth which leaves women incontinent, uncontrollably leaking urine and faeces for what is often the rest of their lives.

Fate brought her to the capital, Addis Ababa, where she was treated by legendary Australian doctor Catherine Hamlin – a woman who would become her mentor, surrogate mother and lifelong friend.

Eternally indebted for her second chance at life, Mamitu, now 73, learned to operate on fistulas by placing her hands over the great Sydney surgeon’s and tracing her intricate incisions as she worked to save the women once described as ’20th-century lepers’.

Through drought, famine and murderous regimes, Dr Hamlin devoted her days to this cause before her death at the age of 96 on March 18, 2020.

Seven months later, her grieving protégé and constant companion of 57 years is returning to theatre to continue the legacy of the woman who saved her from what would have otherwise been a life of social ostracism, homelessness and prostitution – the heartbreaking result of inadequate healthcare in the developing world. Read the original story.

 

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