Untold Stories

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─I was completely isolated. The urine was constantly leaking, causing a terrible smell. In the end my parents couldn’t bare it anymore, and built a hut for me outside our house. I was left with nothing but the dreams of how it would have been to see my child grow up.

Loida Bashiri (20) is watching her hands while she speak. The country girl is recovering from fistula, the most devastating and serious of all childbirth injuries. She was 16 when it happened. Her mother didn’t want her to deliver in hospital, but rather use the traditional birth attendant in the village. Loidas body was small and the baby was big; far too big for the girl to be able to deliver it.

─The traditional birth attendant didn’t know what to do and kept telling me to push. The pain was unbearable. It was going on the whole day before…

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6 Responses to

  1. kenkiz says:

    un sourire resplandissant

  2. Joys of modern medicine and cruelty of people will never cease to amaze me. Thanks for this re-blog.

  3. I can’t even imagine. So pleased to see Loida’s beautiful smile.

  4. likeitiz says:

    Otto, remember the book I wrote a post about, “Cutting for Stone?” Abraham Verghese illustrated this malady in his story. It is such a travesty to women. The story is set in Ethiopia.

    http://likeitiz.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/hooray-for-dr-verghese/

  5. dearrosie says:

    Otto have you seen the brilliant documentary on the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia
    which was founded in 1974 by two doctors – Reginald and Catherine Hamlin who are both obstetrician/gynaecologists? I think the documentary was called “Walk to beautiful”

  6. eof737 says:

    Catherine Hamlin also wrote a powerful book on the subject. The Hospital by the River: a story of hope. I couldn’t put it down. There is also The Fistula Foundation that raises money to help women get treatment. TY for this!
    Eliz

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