Sumaiya, 18 years old told us how she had suffered the death of her first child and how her husband left her because of fistula. « My husband could not stand the smell of urine, and divorced me a few months later. So I was left shattered by the loss of my husband and the mourning of my first born ».
She also explained to us how Dr Abbo’s Fistula Centre changed her life by helping her get back on her feet.
Now, Sumaiya has decided to spread the word in her community about fistula so that women will be aware of it and that it is possible to treat. « Words cannot express the happiness and joy that I now feel. I’m a complete healthy person again, thanks to the staff of Dr Abbo’s National Fistula & Urogynaecology Centre. I shall remain indebted to Dr Abdelrahman and Dr Maisoun for every help that they offered me (...). When I go back to my village, I’ll speak to women in social gatherings about fistula and how routine follow up in pregnancy can prevent it »
Each month, between twenty to thirty women with obstetric fistula receive treatment at Dr Abbo’s Fistula Centre in Khartoum, Sudan. Patients’ age ranges between 20 to 29 years old, most of them come from the western part of Sudan. WAHA International has supported Dr Abbo’s Fistula Centre in Khartoum teaching hospitals since August 2011. This centre is considered to be one of the longest running fistula centres in the world.
To read all Sumaiya’s story, click here.