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After a warm welcome from Dr. Hamlin and her staff, Oprah tours the facilities and witnesses firsthand where doctors transform the bodies of these young girls, some as young as 9 years old.

In the main ward, Oprah meets post-operative patients, most of whom are very quiet and shy. Next, she meets girls who have been cured and are ready to return to their villages. According to Dr. Hamlin, the hospital has a 92 percent cure rate.

Upon leaving, Dr. Hamlin stresses to the girls the importance of seeking medical help if they get pregnant again. "We tell them that if they get pregnant again, they must get to a hospital next time, otherwise they may get the same injury again," Dr. Hamlin says.
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Published on December 01, 2005
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