“I wondered all the time about what I did wrong… I thought it was all my fault. I was so depressed.” As so often happens in these situations, her husband turned her back on her, and she was shunned by family and community: “They all said I was cursed”. She now felt deep despair and shame.
A few months later her luck turned: at a local community gathering, her uncle heard a woman speak about fistula symptoms and treatment. He quickly brought Ababa to WAHA’s Fistula Hospital in Gondar, 80 kms away. Within a few days, she underwent a surgical procedure. The nature of her injury was so serious that so she did not immediately regain full control of her bladder. But after some weeks of physiotherapy, she was able to function normally again. And once more, to smile at what life may have in store for her.
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