Outreach is tough. Lucas travels for miles around the country searching for women hidden away, ashamed because they smell so bad, suffering from the debilitating condition, obstetric fistula. In one village Lucas had been giving education regarding fistula, then asked if they knew of anyone with this condition. ‘Hapana, Hapana, Hapana’ (No, no, no) the villagers shook their heads. Then one lady stumbled up to Lucas, quite tipsy having over imbibed ‘I know a girl like that!’ she slurred. ‘She’s hidden in that hut over there!’ Sure enough when Lucas asked permission to go in, there on the floor was Shirima. She had been there for 8 months since her tragic delivery of her stillborn child. After long conversations with her family, Shirima came to Maternity Africa and was operated on by Dr. Andrew and and after a long convalescence, was healed!

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