Lee Hilling gives students a glimpse of the challenges of life in Kabul

Author Shares Afghan "Miracles"

Lee Hilling, author of the new book A Place of Miracles and great-grandfather of a student at Friends Community School, visited FCS's 6th grade to share stories of establishing a critical care surgical hospital for children in war-torn Afghanistan.
The French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) in Kabul is "a place of miracles," training male and female Afghan doctors to perform life-saving surgeries, especially cardiac procedures, at success rates that would be enviable here in the U.S. 

Lee Hilling, who came out of retirement to lead the effort to build (and now expand) the FMIC, held the students spellbound as he told of the heroic efforts of doctors and nurses to find even the basics to save their young patients, the extraordinary lengths to which parents go to find care for their children, and the dedication of the FMIC staff despite societal obstacles to becoming doctors and nurses. His book is a story of challenges and ultimately successes achieved against overwhelming odds.    


    • Lee Hilling

      Visiting Speaker

Located in College Park, MD, Friends Community School is a progressive Quaker K-8 day school, founded on the belief that every child is a valued member of our community. We offer a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage.
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