Hamlin Fistula UK

Exclusively supporting the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital
and the Hamlin College of Midwives

Wholehearted commitment to women with childbirth injuries, with God's love and compassion

(Registered under Charities Act 1960 - Charity Number 1153053)
Events > Birthday

Happy 90th Birthday Dr Catherine Hamlin!

Richard Hamlin's comment on his mother's 90th birthday.
(Photo Credit: Harpo Inc/George Burns)

Dr. Hamlin was delighted to receive a special Birthday greeting and a generous donation from Oprah Winfrey for her 90th Birthday which she celebrated on the 24th January, a few days before Oprah celebrated her own 60th Birthday!

The two ladies met for the first time when Dr. Hamlin appeared on the Oprah show in 2004. Ms Winfrey subsequently visited the hospital in Addis Ababa to see the work that Dr. Hamlin was doing first hand and invited Dr. Hamlin to appear on her show again in 2005.

Ms Winfrey has been a generous supporter of Dr. Hamlin and the Hospital in Ethiopia over the years. In addition to making personal donations she has raised critical awareness of the plight of Obstetric Fistula patients in Ethiopia which has helped to generate millions of dollars. These funds have been used to cure thousands of patients, freeing them from a life of misery and isolation and restoring their dignity.

Dr. Hamlin and the staff at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia are very grateful for this continued support and interest from Ms. Winfrey and her supporters which will help us fulfil our vision of eradicating Obstetric Fistula and eliminating preventable maternal death in Ethiopia.

The celebrations were indeed a happy occasion. Here we see Dr Hamlin with not one, but TWO cakes!
Here we see Dr Hamlin arriving at her "official" birthday celebrations in March.  Like the Queen, she had two birthdays this year - her real one in January and the official one in March.
Midwifery students about to make their entrance singing Happy Birthday to Dr Hamlin.
Dr Hamlin with the Ethiopian Minister of Health at her birthday celebrations.