Our only surgeon

Dedicated to Dr. Cecilia Achadu Otim, 34, by The Naguru Teenage Information & Health Centre of Straight Talk Uganda, from the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood’s Stories of Mothers Lost

Cecilia was the only female heart surgeon in Uganda. After a healthy pregnancy, her baby girl was born by caesarean section. An hour after the operation, Cecilia’s breathing suddenly changed. No nurse was available. Only her mother was present with Cecilia as she took her last breath.