From Library Journal
Since her poor childhood in Haiti, where a voodoo priest told her that she would become a physician and a surgeon, Toussaint struggled to achieve that goal. Guided by faith in herself and her destiny, she survived bouts of self-doubt, tenuous finances, indifferent or hostile classmates and professors, career setbacks, and personal losses. While sometimes shaken by circumstances, her belief was reconfirmed by both everyday and extraordinary miracles. How the little girl who was supposed to become a nun became a transplant surgeon instead is an inspiring story of hard work and dedication and a reminder of the difference every individual can make in others' lives. Recommended for larger public libraries and health collections.?Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp.,
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In Toussaint's homeland, Haiti, a voodoo priest told her when she was seven that she would become a surgeon. There were no physicians in her immediate family, but she saw many black Haitian doctors, scientists, and engineers, so the prediction didn't seem impossible. Her family moved to the U.S., and while in high school she volunteered much time at a local hospital. That experience and her mother's firm support helped her overcome many obstacles. Rejected at first by all the medical schools to which she applied, she spent a year working in a lab. When a second chance at med school worked out, she obtained her M.D. and embarked on her surgical career, which involved surmounting obstacles put in her way because she was a woman and black. Ultimately, the surgeon in charge of the liver transplant program at a Washington, D.C., hospital in which she had served a residency chose her to succeed him. Toussaint tells her story in a personal, self-understanding manner that makes it a pleasure to read. William Beatty