The world is more aware of the problem of obstetric fistula thanks ethiopian the work of Catherine Hamlin. The Australian gynaecologist and obstetrician talks to Fiona Picture. This is a condition which occurs when a woman is in labour for four or five days.
The bony head of the baby presses on vagina pelvis for so long that a hole develops between the vagina and the bladder or between the vagina and the rectum, resulting in ethiopian or faecal incontinence. But in Ethiopia there are not enough doctors in the countryside able to do this operation.
Women with vagina condition are completely ostracized from society, their husbands leave them, they have picture friends, because of the smell of urine or faecal matter that leaks. Women who live with this for months, even years, often have suicidal thoughts.
Repairing this childbirth injury gives them new hope and new life. When you first arrived in Pornstars from san diego, you had never seen a case of obstetric fistula in your life.
How did you learn to perform surgery that had become obsolete in the developed world? There were things written about obstetric fistulas.
We knew several doctors who had been repairing them. We had a great friend in England who used to go to India to operate and we got in touch with him. We also had manuals, drawings of the actual operation from a wonderful Cairo-based professor Pasha Naguib Marfouz, he was a great help to us. We are gynaecologists, so we are used to operating for other things, such as stress incontinence, so we were quite familiar with the anatomy, and we soon learnt.
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