Being Marge: A Life-changing Book on Many Levels

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Life-changing Book on Many Levels

Basta! A Doctor's Story of Giving Back
Mark Twain said, "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." I just finished reading the book, Basta!, and thought, wow, the author is someone who discovered why he was born, and he never stops staying in action to fulfill his life purpose. What an inspiration!

The author of Basta!, Dr. Darius R. Maggi, totally achieved his purpose in writing his story, which is to inspire others to give more of themselves. Basta! is a remarkable book written by a remarkable humanitarian. In his book, Dr. Maggi shares his humble story of practicing medicine in the U.S., retiring from a health care system that has left the patient behind, and finding a place in dire need where he could continue to follow his calling to serve patients.  

Dr. Darius Maggi was raised by his father and grandfather in rural southeastern Oklahoma. Through their actions and personalities, they helped shape a personable, selfless, and hard-working professional.

After building a thriving OB/GYN practice in Denison, Texas, Dr. Maggi was forced to declare Basta! or Enough! to the growing litigious culture that was strangling his passion to serve his patients. So he retired from practicing medicine in the U.S. after 22 years and searched for a way to contribute his services without the administrative and legal shackles. He found his calling in Sierra Leone, where he can selflessly serve thousands of women who desperately need his services.

He had dedicated his "retirement" years to performing obstetrical fistula surgeries on thousands of women in this third-world country. Their condition exists because of complications of labor, which are not routinely treated in underdeveloped countries due to relatively poor medical services.

To create a long-term solution of this treatable condition, Dr. Maggi founded the West Africa Fistula Foundation (WAFF) in 2004. You can learn more about the foundation at
If after reading Basta!, you don’t spend a considerable amount of time planning how you can give more of yourself to help others, I will be quite surprised. It has certainly had that effect on me!

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