Give hope and healing to a woman suffering from fistula today.

Editha suffered a double tragedy: the death of her baby,
and the trauma of fistula.

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What is an obstetric fistula?

Diagram of bladder and rectum

During prolongued labour, pressure from the baby’s head can crush the tissue between the vagina and the bladder or rectum, creating a hole called a fistula. This allows urine or feces to leak into the vagina, leading to incontinence.

How can you give a woman her life back?

Donate $200 to provide:

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Free transportation

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30 minutes of surgery

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2 weeks of physical and emotional rehabilitation given with love and compassion

Editha’s story

Editha living with fistula

A mother’s heartache

For three excruciating days Editha was in labour as her baby’s head was stuck in the birth canal. Tragically, her baby died. However, during labour, a hole had been torn between Editha’s bladder and the birth canal. Since that day, she has leaked urine constantly.

Editha is isolated and lonely. “People say I smell. I stopped going to church. If someone in the community dies, I haven’t even been able to go to their funeral.”

Hope and healing for Editha

Editha was told she could receive free treatment for her fistula, thanks to the generosity of Hope and Healing International donors.

“I had been nervous, but when I came in here I saw how many of us there are; how many of us need help. I’m happy being with the nurses here. They are so kind. They stay with us as if they are relatives…” Editha is looking forward to her surgery, knowing she will be healed from the pain of exclusion and disabling incontinence.

Editha and other women after fistula surgery

End the suffering and isolation of an obstetric fistula today.

She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. (Luke 13: 11b – 13)