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Hawaii's First Saint

Cared for Patients Exiled After Hansen's Diagnosis

Father Damien, a Belgian priest, died in 1889, but his life and legacy live on, particularly for members of a community in Hawaii who have suffered from Hansen's disease, also known as leprosy.

Independent producer Heidi Chang brings us Father Damien's story from Hawaii and introduces us to three people whose lives were changed by his actions and example.

Listen to learn what happened when Father Damien arrived in 1873 on a Hawaiian peninsula where patients with Hanson's disease were exiled, what caused his death, and the current status of the community he helped to create.


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