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Medical News & Perspectives
January 1/8, 2019

For Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr Denis Mukwege, His Patients Motivate and Inspire

JAMA. 2019;321(1):19-21. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.18199

October 5 was just like any other Friday for Denis Mukwege, MD, PhD,—until it wasn’t.

Mukwege, founder of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, usually spends Fridays in the operating room (OR), repairing the catastrophic injuries of women who’d been raped by soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He was in the OR when his staff unexpectedly crowded in and started hugging him.

That was how the 63-year-old Mukwege learned he had just won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with activist Nadia Murad, a young Iraqi woman who had been repeatedly beaten and raped while held prisoner by ISIS.