Hope for Fistula News
In the month of August 2013, we helped two women.
Eunice Cherono, a 48-year-old housewife and mother of seven children resides in the rural part of Nakuru, Western Kenya. Eunice developed fistula 5 years ago after the birth of her last child. The fistula brought about heavy odor and leakage of urine. Due to the nature of her condition, she was alienated by her friends and the community. However, her husband stayed by her side supporting her over the years, despite her condition.
Eunice had given up hope that treatment was ever an option. Her family could not afford the surgical procedure to treat the condition so she decided to keep her problem a secret. A Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) seminar was held
close to her home & she decided to attend. During the seminar, the facilitator discussed fistula problems, causes and symptoms. At the end of the seminar, she followed one of the facilitators Mary Tinga, (our community outreach representative) and explained that she was having the symptoms they had described. Mary advised her to go to the local hospital for a screening to confirm that she had fistula. If the screening proved true, she would add her to the waiting list of those that require surgery.
Dr. Cathy Mwangi reached out to Mary requesting to send two patients to Jamaa Mission Hospital for Surgery. Mary did not have Eunice’s contacts thus had to send someone to get in touch with Eunice, who then would have her transported to Jamaa Mission Hospital. Despite the long hours it took to travel, she was able to get to the hospital safely. Her surgery was performed on August 6, 2013. She returned for her two week appointment on 8/20/2013 and went back for her final check up on September 2nd.
Eunice is extremely appreciative of the support she received from Hope for Fistula Foundation. She prays for all those that have participated in making this happen and hopes that many more living with fistula can get the help she received.
WATCH THE VIDEO of Rael Rono who lived with an Obstetric fistula for 37 years, since the birth of her first child in 1975. The successful surgery was in March 2012 and is extremely grateful that she can now rejoin her community and church as an active...read more
Eclar Iroyo is a 20-year-old lady who has lived with fistula for five years that developed during the birth of her baby. Eclar was kicked out of her parents’ home because they could not live with her “embarrassment” anymore. She delivered her baby at her home alone, without help from any medical personnel thus ended up losing the baby in the process. She has gone through social stigma that has resulted to extreme suffering. She was taken in by the area Chief, Mr. Patrick Njunge Mwaura. During one of the FGM seminars, the...read more
Our first fistula patient Rael Rono is assumed to be approximately 60 years old. She had a successful fistula repair surgery sponsored by Hope for Fistula. She lived with an Obstetric fistula for 37 years, since the birth of her first child in 1975. Mrs. Rael Rono husband was very supportive over the years, until he became deceased recently. He was a pastor and a God fearing man who could not bring himself to chase her away despite her condition. Social stigma, which is one of the many debilitating effects of fistula, is something Mrs....read more
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