Melany Ethridge              972.267.1111
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American Medical Professionals Sacrifice Lucrative U.S. Careers to Treat Children in Developing World Hospitals

LEMOYNE, Penn., June 5, 2008 – At a time when many in the U.S. are worried about job security and making ends meet, several medical professionals have recently given up the comforts of successful careers in the medical field in order to serve some of the poorest children in the world.

  • Dr. Paul Lim, a plastic surgeon from Minnesota, and his wife – a pediatrician – moved to Ethiopia in February to oversee medical care at CURE International’s new hospital in Addis Ababa.
  • Dr. Scott Nelson, a physician from Southern California, who moved his wife and two children to the Dominican Republic to serve as medical director of the CURE International hospital in Santo Domingo.
  • Dr. Bob Mendonsa, an orthopedic physician from the Dallas, Texas, area will be moving his family to Kenya this summer, to serve patients at the CURE International hospital in Kijabe.
  • Adey Abate, a native of Ethiopia who came to the U.S. to study finance and economics in the Seattle area, with an eye toward remaining in the U.S. in a secure job, has decided to return to her native land, using her M.B.A. to serve as executive director of the CURE International hospital in Addis Ababa.
  • Dr. Jacqui Hill, a physician from Glasgow, Scotland, left the safety of her home in the U.K. to oversee medical care and an ob-gyn fellowship program at the CURE International hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, where conditions are sometimes dangerous for those who choose to educate and empower women in medicine.
  • Dr. Keith Rose, a plastic surgeon from Corpus Christi, Texas, volunteers four months of every year performing life-saving and transforming surgeries at the CURE International hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The list could go on and on. CURE International provides desperately needed medical care to poor children and their families in nine hospitals throughout the developing world. CURE employs surgeons and administrative staff primarily from the U.S. and the U.K. to oversee care and training at these hospitals. All CURE hospitals provide first-world quality standard of care.

Why do each of CURE’s employees (and its many medical volunteers) want to be involved? The common denominator is a genuine love for children and a belief that even the poorest of the poor should have the same quality care as that of privileged children born in the developed world. Their shared desire is so great that they are willing to make great personal sacrifices – and sometimes risk their very lives – to serve others.

“I am so grateful for the amazing staff who serve in our hospitals around the world,” said founder and president Dr. Scott Harrison. “We couldn’t do what we do without their love for and commitment to children’s health. Their selfless character has made it possible for CURE to see more than 720,000 outpatients and provide life changing surgery for more than 42,000 children.”

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CURE International transforms the lives of disabled children and their families in the developing world through medical and spiritual healing, serving all by establishing specialty teaching hospitals, building partnerships, and advocating for these children. For more information on CURE visit

NOTE TO EDITORS: To schedule an interview with any of these representatives of CURE International, or make plans to visit CURE facilities around the world, please contact Melany Ethridge at 01.972.267.1111 or [email protected].


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