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  1. Guadalupe Arizpe De La Vega opened a hospital in Juarez, Mexico, 30 years ago.
  2. With violence plaguing the streets of Juarez, the hospital is more important now than ever.
  3. De La Vega’s nonprofit organization ensures people are treated even if they can’t pay.
  4. De La Vega, 74, lives in El Paso, Texas, but still travels to Juarez several times a week.

De La Vega, who is married to a prominent businessman from Juarez, lived there for decades, but the escalating violence, murder, crime and corruption recently forced her to move to El Paso. She says the tipping point came when her family was threatened.
She became an advocate for maternal and infant health in the early 1970s after reading a newspaper article about an impoverished mother of nine, pregnant with her 10th child, who tried to kill her fetus by stabbing herself in the stomach.

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