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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 as a C-section, an obstetric fistula can occur. Today, at least one million women in Africa and Asia needlessly suffer from untreated obstetric fistula. 

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At only 16 years old, Seema developed obstetric fistula and her in-laws tried to have her killed so that their son could marry another woman. When their attempts failed, they threw her out of their house in a snowstorm. When I was 16, the biggest worry I can remember was whether or not I’d have a date to my school’s homecoming dance. Yet at the same age, Seema had already been married, lost a child, and suffered through terrible injury and abuse. Her story makes me want to take action— and I hope you feel the same.



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