A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children's Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by It

A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children's Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by It

by Lee Hilling


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Neha Was the Smallest Infant to Ever be Treated and Survive in Afghanistan.
An unusual partnership created the French Medical Institute for Children - two private, non-governmental organizations - the Aga Khan Development Network and the France-based humanitarian entity, La Chaine de l'Espoir, and two governments - the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and France. The result is an institution that has enabled children's lives to be saved that might have otherwise been lost. Nearly 1,600 children have been treated for congenital and acquired heart diseases, almost half of which had open-heart surgery. Arising during a time of seemingly never-ending war, FMIC is one of Afghanistan's most remarkable success stories. It has become the enabling catalyst for lives to be changed and dreams to be realized - a place where people have succeeded and survived against overwhelming obstacles and odds. As the U.S. and its allies prepare to shift their missions in Afghanistan from military and combat to aid and development, the general consensus is that nothing done in that war-torn country has been successful. FMIC is one of Afghanistan's most remarkable reconstruction success stories. It is a model that can be emulated as the U.S. and others strive to complete their development missions there. "FMIC has achieved many successes and achieved excellence in many fields in healthcare in Afghanistan. This Institute is a true example of a successful public-private partnership." Dr. Suraya Dalil, Afghanistan's Minister of Public Health, speaking at FMIC's 2nd International Pediatric Conference, December 2012. "When we have international societies with us and partnerships like FMIC, we can have hope for the future. This hope gives me energy to go ahead." Dr. Jalil Wardak, Head of Pediatric General Surgery at FMIC

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478746911
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lee Hilling has been Chairman of FMIC's governing body since 2006 and has travelled to Afghanistan nearly sixty times. He has held board and senior executive management positions at academic health centers in the United States, Pakistan, and East Africa. A native of Ohio, he now lives with his wife in Bethesda, Maryland.

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A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children's Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by It 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compelling story of what can and should be done. Very uplifting and at the same time "no holds barred" when telling the events and particulars of the organizations and people benefiting and those responsible for the noble effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very informative about Afghanistan but particularly about what can be accomplished in a war torn country when people work together to make good things happen, The stories about the children were very moving but also hopeful. There are some wonderful stories about the staff also. I would highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Western policy makers and those responsible for redevelopment of Afghanistan should seriously consider the experience of this hospital. The staff and patients at FMIC truly are heroes.