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>Lucille Teasdale Corti, CM, GOQ, surgeon, humanitarian (born 30 January 1929 in Montréal, QC; died 1 August 1996 in Lombardy, Italy). Humanitarian and visionary Lucille Teasdale was one of Canada’s first female surgeons. She travelled to Gulu, Uganda, to practice medicine and to help those in need. By the time of her death in 1996, she had received numerous international honours, including being named a Grand Officer of the National Order of Québec and a Member of the Order of Canada. Lucille Teasdale’s extraordinary selflessness and humanitarian determination make her one of Canada’s most remarkable women.
>It was in 1985, following a series of recurring illnesses, that Teasdale discovered she was HIV positive, at a time when the virus was little known. She believed she had contracted the virus while performing surgery on infected soldiers [fighting in the Ugandan Civil War] whose bone fragments often punctured her surgical gloves. She was given two years to live, but her perseverance and determination allowed her to live another 11 years. Even in declining health, and up until several months before her death, she continued to care for patients, often working six-hour days. Though increasingly frail, she insisted on traveling widely to solicit funds for the hospital and to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.
By the time she died, she had performed over 13,000 operations during her career.
Heritage Minute about her
This is kind of perfect for Halloween. But this is awesome on all levels!!!!
She looks like she was caught in the middle of an illegal surgery.