Dr Beatrice Ambauen-Berger is Head of Department and a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at LAMB hospital in rural Bangladesh. Here, two of the women who have benefitted from fistula treatment at LAMB have given Beatrice their stories to mark International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.
Dr Jacqueline Hill FRCOG volunteered at LAMB as a 4th-year medical student in 1989. She returned in 2013 as a senior consultant to teach, mentor and train junior doctors. You can read more about her experience at LAMB on page 14 of the March 2014 edition of International News (PDF, 1.91 mb).
Yeasmin, 25 years
“When I was pregnant with my first child, the delivery started in our home. After 24 hours of labour pain the baby died in the womb. They took me to the hospital and there the baby was born normally. Because I was in labour for so long I started leaking urine all the time. This lasted for 2 to 3 years.
“I heard from a health worker about LAMB and they gave me money to come here. At LAMB I got well again. Three years later I got pregnant with my son. I went to LAMB and delivered the baby by caesarean section. The baby was very small and got lots of care. Thanks to everybody’s care and blessings he is fine to this day.”
Nisemoni, 55 years
“I had two sons, then a third one came. I was 3 months into my pregnancy when my husband and I deceided we did not want another child. After taking some roots, my water broke and the baby was pulled out by hand from the uterus. There was lots of bleeding which went on for 6 months to a year, after that urine starting leaking. Then my husband died and I did not have anybody to help me get treatment, so I raised my two sons on my own.
“After 20 years I had a fistula operation, God has been very good to me and I am dry so far. I hope I will stay dry.”
Nisemoni completed the 6 days CFA (Community Fistula Advocate) training (as part of LAMB’s rehabiliation programme) 6 months after she was cured from her fistula. Now she is bringing many other fistula patients to LAMB and is boldly talking to people about how to prevent fistula from happening.
Read more stories from women who have suffered from fistula