For Franciscan . Sister Hilda
THE Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the immaculate Conception have just celebrated the fourth anniversary of the start of their work in the Forniosan port city of Kaohsiung. And Sister 1-lilda Meter, M.D., has already delivered her 1,0110th baby at St. Joseph's Hospital there.
American-trained. Sister Hilda has made the small, 24-bed hospital known not only throughout the island, but to the officers and men of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. whose ships call frequently at the southern part. During the past year. she oper
ated on nine Navy men with acute appe It dici tl s.
While gsnecologv and ohstctrics :trc Sister Hilda's special fields. the circunislances of her work have
made the German-horn Sister a coin petent all-round surgeon. In one21mririth period, she perforrued 2b0 major and 520 minor operations.
In delivering 1.0)1) babies during the past four years. she lost only one mother, whose death was due to an apoplectic fit. Her babies included nine 'sets ottwins in 1952 alone.
Sole doctor at St. Joseph's. Sister Hilda also has been responsible for the 3.000 in-patients cared for at the hospital, and the 145,000 out-patients treated in the dispensary.
Paying tribute to her extraordinary work, Fr. Edward Rilcy. U.S. Navy
Chaplain. who visited Kaohsiung in 1952. wrote. "Sister Hilda is a driv• ing dynamo, l,rilliant, the essence of humility. truly one of the greatest missionaries I have ever met."