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Fistula Foundation is dedicated to treating women suffering from obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury that leaves a woman incontinent.
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Speaking from personal experience, being a new mom is tough. Your body has gone through so much and yet you have this little baby relying on you for comfort and nourishment at all hours of the day and night. Some women, including myself, are left with permanent damage to their bodies following childbirth, ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating pain. I was fortunate enough to have access to a surgery that provided me relief. Many women, especially in low-income countries, aren’t so lucky. When a mother has a prolonged, obstructed labor but doesn’t have access to emergency medical care, such…

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Meet Agnes, a Fistula Survivor
Agnes is a 25-year-old mother of four from Bukaala, a rural village in Uganda. She and her family live far from emergency medical services, so when she went into a complicated labor, Agnes had very few options. Tragically, her child did not survive, and she began to leak urine. Agnes lived with obstetric fistula for three long years. Ashamed of her constant odor, she withdrew from her community early on. “I have always been so stressed in my heart,” Agnes said. “When I had that problem, I was not able to do anything or go anywhere. I was always hiding.” Thankfully, her suffering did not last forever. One day, Agnes was listening to the radio and heard that treatment was available at Kitovu Hospital, Fistula Foundation’s partner facility in Makasa, Uganda. “I got up immediately and came here [to] the hospital to be treated,” she said. After years of suffering,…