Never Question the Miracle: A Surgeon's Story

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When people ask, "How did you get here?" I know they are really asking, "How did you, female of Color from Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, get here?" Dr. Rose-Marie Toussaint is unique - a young black woman surgeon specializing in liver and kidney transplants at a major university hospital. How did she get there? In this amazing book Toussaint tells us. Her inspiring story starts when a voodoo priest predicts she will grow up to be a physician, then chronicles her rise to the pinnacle of her...
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Overview

When people ask, "How did you get here?" I know they are really asking, "How did you, female of Color from Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, get here?" Dr. Rose-Marie Toussaint is unique - a young black woman surgeon specializing in liver and kidney transplants at a major university hospital. How did she get there? In this amazing book Toussaint tells us. Her inspiring story starts when a voodoo priest predicts she will grow up to be a physician, then chronicles her rise to the pinnacle of her profession. The road to her dream was littered with obstacles: getting into college, getting into medical school, and surviving the grueling, soul-crushing rigors that test every surgeon in the making. Add to that Dr. Toussaint's status as a black female in white male-dominated institutions and one can only admire the courage, fortitude, and determination that propelled her to obtain her M.D. - with some help from a few miracles along the way. As a surgeon, it was her turn to become a miracle worker - for her patients. Dr. Toussaint takes us into hospital rooms to meet desperate patients praying for a life-giving organ, and into the OR to observe the wonder of transplantation. She vividly brings to life the breakneck race against time to prepare transplant patients when an organ suddenly becomes available, the long hours of surgery - sometimes more than twenty - that both doctor and patient must endure. And she never forgets that for every life she saves another has been lost.
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Since her poor childhood in Haiti, where a voodoo priest told her that she would become a physician and a surgeon, Toussaint struggled to achieve that goal. Guided by faith in herself and her destiny, she survived bouts of self-doubt, tenuous finances, indifferent or hostile classmates and professors, career setbacks, and personal losses. While sometimes shaken by circumstances, her belief was reconfirmed by both everyday and extraordinary miracles. How the little girl who was supposed to become a nun became a transplant surgeon instead is an inspiring story of hard work and dedication and a reminder of the difference every individual can make in others' lives. Recommended for larger public libraries and health collections.Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345407238
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/24/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 377
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Rose-Marie Toussaint, M.D., earned her B.S. at Loyola University in New Orleans, and her M.D. at Howard University. She did her post-doctoral training in the surgery departments of Howard University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Wisconsin. She has been assistant professor of surgery at Howard University College of Medicine and associate director of the Howard University Hospital Transplant Center. She is now in private practice.

Anthony E. Santaniello has written and edited publications on nutrition, preventive medicine, the use of computer science in medicine, and general health issues. He has also worked as a producer, researcher, and writer of more than thirty medical films and video programs created for the medical profession.

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