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The Okamoto legacy: Overlooked drug could save thousands of mothers

Life-threatening bleeding after giving birth, known as 'postpartum haemorrhage', is the leading cause of maternal deaths worldwide. Fifty years ago, a Japanese scientist called Utako Okamoto and her husband Shosuke discovered a drug that could change this.

Photographs credited to the Okamoto family. Footage by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine/Marmalade Film and Media.

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