Promise attended our fistula camp in March. This is her story.

My name is Promise.  I am 45 years old.  I got married when I was 18.  That is when I had my first child.  After some time, I got pregnant again and that’s how I got fistula.  I was in labour for two days.  My husband called a traditional midwife to help.  When she arrived she massaged my stomach and that did not help.  After a while I did not feel my baby kicking anymore.

My husband managed to find a car to take me to the hospital.  The journey to the hospital was not easy because we lived far from a District Hospital.  When we reached the hospital I was taken directly to the labour ward, but my baby was already dead. 

It was very painful.  

After I delivered my baby, urine was not passing, even though my bladder was full.  I was discharged to go home, and at home I passed so much urine.  After that day I couldn’t hold urine.  I was wet and smelling of urine.  My husband started hating me.  He told me that he was going to marry another woman.  And he did.

I went on with my difficult life.  Even society did not want anything to do with me.  I got pregnant again and just like the last time my baby died before delivery.  

My life was difficult and full of pain.

My parents decided that I should return home so they can take care of me and I did.  That is when I heard about Maternity Africa’s Kivulini Maternity Centre.  I heard that the Hospital treats the problem I had.  I communicated with a person who knew the Hospital and I was given all the information.  I could not believe that it is possible to be treated, especially since I had this problem for so many years.  When the day arrived I went to town and from there got into the bus to the Hospital.  The other patients and I were welcomed very well.  The loving staff and morning devotions were very healing to us.

I stayed for a week before the operation.  After my operation I used a catheter.  The catheter was removed after a week and I was not wetting myself anymore.  

I thank God so much.  He has not abandoned me.  When I return home, I will inform all the women who have the same problem that Maternity Africa’s Kivulini Maternity Centre treats fistula and provides all of its care free of charge.  I would like to advise other women who have the same problem not to hide, they should speak up and seek help.  May God bless you all.