With her passionate personality and strong moral values, Dominique is rooted in her Canadian and Italian heritage, and works hard to bring hope to the Lacor community. Born in 1962, Dominique grew in and with the hospital, which, against all odds, survived its humble beginnings: one small building run by a handful of nuns has now become an important teaching hospital. The hospital also managed to survive Idi Amin’s violent regime, the brutal 20-year civil war between the rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army and Ugandan government troops, and deadly epidemics, including the world's greatest health challenges: HIV/AIDS and Ebola. Dominique lived through it all, but when the country collapsed, she was finally forced to leave Uganda, and her parents, for her own safety and for a better education.
Both her parents are now gone. Dr. Teasdale died in 1996 from AIDS contracted while operating on wounded soldiers; Dr. Corti passed away in 2003. Sadly, their chosen successor, Dr. Matthew Lukwiya, also died during the 2000 Ebola epidemic despite his heroic efforts to contain the disease and protect the community and his staff. Today, it is Dr. Teasdale and Dr. Corti’s daughter, Dr. Dominique Corti, who, along with many others, ensures her parents’ legacy at Lacor, by uniting efforts from Canada, Italy and Uganda.
This film explores Dominique’s past through exclusive access to archival footage from the Teasdale-Corti family. Audiences will learn the details of her battle to ensure health access in one of the poorest areas of the world, and the stories behind her tremendous bond with the hospital. Without Lacor Hospital, 250,000 patients would not be treated each year, a remarkable legacy would be lost, and an African success story would disappear. Dominique, a determined and inspiring woman, will move each of us with her story and her strong will to overcome all obstacles to ensure Lacor Hospital’s survival.