My name is Mary.  I am 24 years old, I came from Emboreet I am married and I gave birth to two babies but only one is living, who is a five-year-old girl. I am educated to form four. I wanted to continue with school but we did not have money so I wasn’t able to.

 My parent are pastoral farmers and they arranged for me to meet a man and I agreed to marry him. I have been married for nine months. This life is very difficult as my family don’t have much income so I started to buy fuel and sell it to make some profit.

On Wednesday, early the morning, I was with my family having breakfast. I started getting bad pain in my uterus and I thought I wasn’t able to control my urine, but when I looked I saw heavy blood loss. I was very shocked because I had never seen this problem before. My husband called the ambulance from our village health centre. They took me from to the hospital where the doctors checked and found that the baby had died in the womb. I was still bleeding heavily so they called the Flying Medical Service from Arusha airport. I was in so much pain and the plane arrived and brought me here to Kivulini Maternity Centre. They took me to the surgery room for an operation.

If I had not come to Kivulini Maternity Centre I know I would have died. This is the first time I have ever had a problem like this and I thank God for his help and all of those who have looked after me and saved my life.

Thank you so much and may God bless you all.

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