Religion: Saint in Santiago

In Santiago, Chile, a deaf woman in the jampacked audience at the Teatro Central had trouble following the ceremony on the stage. She turned to her husband, asked why the American nurse was getting a medal: "Because she had 8,000 babies," he answered. "Impossible!" gasped his wife.

But that was what the speakers had said and in a sense it was true. Because of Missionary-Nurse Marie Schultze, a 49-year-old Presbyterian, 98% of the 8,000 babies survived the critical first five years of childhood. At her tiny, spotless Madre e Hijo Clinic in Santiago's squalid slums, she had given 20 years to prove...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!