Al Ain Hospital Named for Kennedys

When Pat and Marian Kennedy arrived in Al Ain in Nov 1960, the infant mortality rate in Al Ain was 50 per cent and maternal mortality was at 35 per cent.

The Kennedys and their four children had left the comforts of life in the US at the invitation of Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the UAE, and his brother Sheikh Shakhbut, the then ruler of Abu Dhabi, to establish the Oasis Hospital, where they served for 15 years.

Since 1960, 90,000 babies have been delivered at the hospital they founded. Today the infant mortality rate stands below one per cent and maternal mortality is virtually unheard of.

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By Essam Al Ghalib
The National, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Related AWR links:
Gertrude's Story: Canadian nurse Gertrude Dyck worked at Al Ain's first hospital with the Kennedys for several decades. A serialised account of some of her memories of her time there is being published on AWR.

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