Lucille Teasdale and Piero Corti: big dreams for a little hospital

Canadian surgeon Lucille Teasdale first met Italian doctor Piero Corti at Saint Justine’s hospital in Montréal in 1955 while completing an internship. Both doctors dreamed of providing medical assistance to people in developing nations and Piero was immediately drawn to Lucille’s dedication to her profession. After parting ways, Piero and Lucille reconnected in Marseille, France. There, Piero shared his dream of developing a small clinic in Uganda into a world-class hospital, eventually convincing Lucille to join him. The couple were married in Gulu, Uganda in 1961 and worked together at St. Mary’s-Hospital Lacor for 35 years. In that time, the hospital went from a small outpatient unit with 40 beds to a 450-bed facility treating 150,000 patients per year before Lucille passed away in 1996 from AIDS, which she contracted from operating on one of her patients.

A colour photograph showing four people standing outdoors. Three are in traditional Ugandan dress while another is in western clothing.

Lucille greeted by locals upon arrival in Gulu, Uganda (MIKAN 4843368)


Lucille and Piero’s wedding in December 1961 (MIKAN 4843366)

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