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Fadima’s Story

In Burkina Faso, where child marriage practices persist, Fadima was married by 15 and became pregnant two years later. Her pregnancy progressed normally, but once she went into labor things became complicated as no progress was made in delivering her baby.

After enduring three days of labor at home, she was transferred to a small health center nearby. Her prolonged, painful delivery caused Fadima to lose a lot of blood and she became incredibly weak. Tragically, her baby did not survive. The next day, she felt herself leaking urine uncontrollably. Fadima learned she was suffering from an obstetric fistula — her long labor caused a small hole to develop between her vagina and bladder causing the leaking.

With the support of her brother, Fadima traveled to the largest hospital in nearby Dori. Upon arrival, they were told the facility does not provide any surgical treatment for childbirth injuries like fistula. The smell from constantly leaking urine became so strong that Fadima was isolated from everyone around her. Demoralized, she refused food as her condition worsened each day without treatment. From Dori they were referred to Fondation Rama in Ouagadougou.

Fadima and her brother traveled over 500 miles throughout the country in search of healing. It was Fondation Rama that connected Fadima to our partner, ARENA. Dr. Itengre provided Fadima the life-changing surgery that completely stopped her leaking. She was finally healed!

We have gone from place to place since the problem begun. From Dori, we have been sent to Fondation Rama in Ouagadougou and from them to you in this clinic. We are grateful because the suffering is finished

Fadima’s brother