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Hospital Draws Man Back to Africa

The following excerpt comes from AARP Bulletin and was originally published on November 14, 2011.

Speech professor Bill Todd reaches into his desk drawer at his Miami Dade College office and pulls out a yellowed letter, typewritten and dated April 15, 1972.

The dispatch was sent by B.M. Kobba, M.D., from the small West African village of Mobai in Sierra Leone.

I want to express my heartfelt pleasure, Kobba wrote, on the occasion of the opening of my hospital.

Todd, 74, had a lot to do with the building of that hospital. In 1966, he was in the village on a Peace Corps mission when he met Kobba and helped him build Eastern Clinic Mobai.

In December, Todd will return to Sierra Leone, a country he hasn't visited in 37 years.

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