Zoe Frank '12 breaks world record for balance board; raises $$ to help African women

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Zoë Frank ’12 has traveled to Africa four times, moved by the plight of women in Africa with devastating childbirth injuries. She’s learned to assist her father, an OB-GYN, in surgeries in Cameroon, Zambia, the Republic of the Congo, and Chad to correct obstetric fistulae, a condition affecting many poor and young women in which the organs of elimination are torn when they attempt to deliver a stillborn baby. Although the condition is treatable, there are not many hospitals or clinics that help these women who become shunned by their communities. "In the bush, if you have hands and a brain, you jump in and help," says Zoë.
 
As another way of helping out, Zoë raised money for Zambia’s Monze Fistula Trust in many ways—asking for donations, babysitting, selling her possessions—and vowing to break the world’s record for time spent on a balance board. She broke that record, and entered the Guinness Book of World Records, this summer with a time of 2 hours and 6 minutes, beating the previous world record by more than 11 minutes. Zoë has so far raised $2,400 from sponsors to bring back to the clinic in Monze, Zambia, next summer.
 
For more on Zoë’s efforts, visit http://monzefistulatrust.com/.