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Midwife awarded OBE

6 January, 2015

Midwife awarded OBE

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Maud Kells. Credit: WEC International. Maud Kells. Credit: WEC International.

A midwife from Northern Ireland has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2015 for her work overseas.

Maud Kells, who works with Christian aid organisation WEC International, was recognised for services to people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Her award came just before reports in the Belfast Telegraph that Maud, 75, had been shot.

Maud, who comes from County Tyrone, was hit twice in the shoulder by bandits during an armed robbery at her home in Mulita in the north east of the country.

A spokesman for WEC International said she was in a stable condition in hospital.

Maud has served in the African country since 1968, working initially as a missionary nurse, and has helped train Congolese nurses in five hospitals and 30 health centres.

She also conducts bible school teaching, speaks at church services and supervises construction projects.

She spends part of the year in the Congo and the other part at home in Cookstown.

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