Doctors, Saints, and Secrets - George Lombardi

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Doctors, Saints, and Secrets

A young doctor is whisked halfway across the globe to care for an ailing international religious icon, a daughter discovers her father’s painstakingly kept secret, and an oncologist raised in India describes the way death is handled in his native country.

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16:21
Mission to India

by George Lombardi

A young doctor is whisked halfway across the globe to care for an ailing international religious icon.

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12:31
A Tale of Two Dinners

by Bliss Broyard

A daughter discovers her father’s painstakingly kept secret.

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12:26
The Letting Go

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

An oncologist struggles with the way death is handled in his country.

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George Lombardi

All photos and articles courtesy of Dr. George Lombardi.

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Mother Teresa sent Dr. Lombardi a thank you note for his efforts, and remained in touch for years.

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Dr. Lombardi among the sick in Calcutta.

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The team of doctors that saved Mother Teresa’s life.

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Dr. Lombardi and the Sisters of Charity in Calcutta.

George Lombardi Extra 5

A contemporary article on Dr. Lombardi’s experience. Click through to read.

Bliss Broyard

Listen to more about Bliss’s family and the early days at The Moth in this web-exclusive interview with Catherine Burns.

All photos courtesy of Bliss Broyard.

Bliss Broyard Extra

Bliss, at age 1, with her father Anatole Broyard.

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Bliss, age 2, and her brother Todd, age 4.

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Bliss, at age 18, with her father.

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Three of the five brothers, born in the mid-1800s, from whom the Broyards in the story are descended.

Bliss Broyard Extra 5

The Broyards today, immediately after the second dinner party in the story.

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