After prolonged labour, Alemnesh sustained a devastating childbirth injury: obstetric fistula. Read her story.
Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury, causing an internal tear or hole in the delicate tissue between the birth canal and bladder and/or rectum. It often occurs following a prolonged, obstructed labour, when a woman has had to give birth at home without trained medical assistance.
Many women, unaware that their injury can be treated, are left facing a future of incontinence, pain and isolation.
But it is treatable, and preventable.
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