I know I never post anymore, but if you happen to see this, please read it. It's such a horrible thing to imagine and if you can help, at least in spreading the word, repost this. There's a link to donate at the end of the post.
And in the poorest places, a lack of medical services and maternal health care mean that more than 2 million young women and girls go untreated.
Without treatment, these women are often left isolated, rejected and ashamed.
You can bring comfort and care to some of the world’s most vulnerable women and stop the horror of fistula.
Every minute, 30 women are injured or disabled by birthing injuries. And nearly 100,000 women every year suffer from the horror of fistula.
But what should have been the happiest time in Dorotea’s life suddenly became a nightmare.
After a four-day unassisted labour on the floor of her hut in Tanzania, Dorotea finally gave birth to a girl. But she wasn’t breathing.
Just two days later, still grieving the loss of her child, Dorotea began leaking urine and faeces uncontrollably.
Complications during birth had caused massive tearing, and without help,
Dorotea had developed a fistula.
Dorotea was abandoned by her husband because of the smell and rejected by her community.
As you can imagine, she was too frightened to leave her hut during the day.
Confused and all alone, she fled her home under the veil of darkness in search of help. But sadly, there was none to be found and she returned home a broken woman.
For a staggering 19 years, Dorotea suffered with the shame and isolation of fistula before she was found by CBM’s field workers and taken to hospital. Doctors performed a delicate surgery, repairing the hole and restoring Dorotea’s fullness of life.