A new reason to smile

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Jacqueline’s trauma from a prolonged obstructed labour permanently damaged her body, but miraculously her precious baby survived. That was eight years ago. Since her daughter’s birth,  33-year-old Jacqueline has been incontinent because of the obstetric fistula caused by the ordeal.  Sadly, Jacqueline was abandoned by her husband and shunned by … Read More

Seven long years

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She had been excited for a while. Mairamou and her husband eagerly anticipated the birth of their first child. But after a long, painful labour, she lost the baby. The tragedy was intensified because the prolonged labour caused physical damage that left Mairamou with a condition known as … Read More

Free surgery for women in poverty

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Celebrating international Womens’ Day. Each week Mercy Ships is providing free life-transforming surgery for women in poverty. Obstetric fistula is just one speciality offered, and it’s a tough one to talk about. According to the UNFPA, motherhood remains a very risky endeavour in developing nations where every two minutes … Read More