This Is a Soul: An American Doctor's Remarkable Mission in Ethiopia (Paperback)
 

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This Is a Soul: An American Doctor's Remarkable Mission in Ethiopia (Paperback)

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    "Whoever Saves a Life, It Is Considered as If He Saved an Entire World"

    Dr. Rick Hodes arrived in Africa more than two decades ago to help the victims of a famine, but he never expected to call this extremely poo......more

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"Whoever Saves a Life, It Is Considered as If He Saved an Entire World"

Dr. Rick Hodes arrived in Africa more than two decades ago to help the victims of a famine, but he never expected to call this extremely poor continent his home. Twenty-eight years later, he is still there.

This Is a Soul tells the remarkable story of Rick Hodes's journey from suburban America to Mother Teresa's clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As a boy, Rick was devoted to helping those in need, and eventually he determined that becoming a doctor would allow him to do the most good. When he heard about famine in Africa, that's where he went, and when genocide convulsed Rwanda, he went into the refugee camps to minister to the victims. When he was told that Ethiopia was allowing its Jews to emigrate to Israel, he went to help. While there, he was drawn to Mother Teresa's mission in Addis Ababa. It was there that Rick found his calling when he began caring for the sickest children in one of the world's poorest countries. But he did more than that?he began taking them into his home and officially adopted five of them.

This Is a Soul is also a book filled with great joy and triumph. When Rick's kids return from surgery or life-saving treatments, he is exultant. "Seeing these people after surgery is like going to heaven," he says.

Marilyn Berger went to Africa to write about Dr. Hodes, but while there, she became involved with the story. When she came upon a small, deformed, and malnourished boy begging on the street, she recognized immediately that he had the exact disease Rick could cure. She took him to Rick, who eventually arranged for the boy to have a complicated and risky surgery, which turned out to be incredibly successful. The boy's story?intertwined with Rick's, and Marilyn's as well?is unforgettable in its pathos and subtle humor.

This Is a Soul is not just a story of the savior and the sa...

Author:
Berger, Marilyn
Genre:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
268
Language:
English
Publisher:
William Morrow & Co
Publish Date:
04/12/2011
Copyright Year:
2011
ISBN:
9780061759550
Height:
7.75 in
Wdth:
5.0 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.45 lb
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