BRAZIL: A Day with the President

A pretty but sad-eyed teen-age girl hobbled on crutches into the office of the President of Brazil one day last week. President Joāo Café Filho greeted her with a smile, pointed to a chair beside his ornate jacaranda-wood desk. Lucilla Carvalho sat down and told her story. Her leg had been amputated in an effort to halt cancer, and doctors had told her she would die unless she went to the U.S. for treatment. Could the President help?

"This is one thing I can do," said the President. "I wish I...

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