Bamile is nearly 30 years old and has been living with an obstetric fistula for over a decade. She has five siblings but since her fistula developed, they have refused to recognize her existence. Prior to receiving surgery, she lived in a small shack behind her family’s house and performed odd jobs in exchange for food and shelter.
We met Bamile because she heard a radio ad that the Worldwide Fistula Fund’s team was coming to Danja, and borrowed money from her parents to take a two-day long taxi trip to receive treatment. To make sure that she didn’t miss the opportunity, she arrived at the fistula hospital five days early. During her stay, Bamile’s bubbly personality and perpetual smile was of great comfort to all of her new friends on the ward.
Bamile’s fistula surgery was a success. During her time at our facility, she spoke about her future plans and what she wanted to do with her life now that her fistula was cured.