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Hospital Employee Survives Hiroshima Bombing, Spends Life Helping Others

Harumi Townliand, an Environmental Service aide at Madison Hospital, is known for her work ethic and kindness to those who are going through tough times. Harumi can relate because she knows exactly what it’s like to face a disaster and keep going.

In 1945, Harumi was in Hiroshima when the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on the city in efforts to end World War II. Almost 80,000 people died in the blast, but Harumi survived. She didn’t come through the bombing unscathed, though. She lost an eye and got severe burns in the explosion, according to a Facebook post from Madison Hospital. 

In the aftermath, her father threw her great-grandfather’s Samurai sword into the ocean to prevent Allied forces from finding it.

Harumi is 80 now, but she has the energy and motivation to keep up with other hospital employees. She has been nominated as the Care Champion and Employee of the Quarter for Madison Hospital.

Nominate your Care Champion here.

Coworkers and friends were quick to take to social media to share their love for Harumi.

Congratulations to this wonderful employee! It is a joy to know and work with her!

Harumi amazes everyone with her work ethic, and stamina! We are so fortunate to have her at Madison Hospital!

It makes my day seeing her & her sweet smile along with her sincere hugs!!! She is always full of energy & enthusiasm!!! I Love Her & love talking to her!!!

Harumi is an incredible lady. Everyday- She makes the world a better place. You cannot match her reliability and work ethic. You just can’t!

The best part? Harumi has no plans for retiring anytime soon. Congratulations, Harumi!

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About the author

Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She’s learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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