Zahara, age 35, had traveled a long way to tell us her story. We could tell things weren’t well from her gaunt and depressed appearance. She had no access to birth control, and had become pregnant again and again. She had not received skilled medical assistance with any of her deliveries and now, her rectum and bladder prolapsed down to her thighs.
Her medical condition was debilitating and painful. Urine flowed continuously down her legs, and she was unable to care for herself or her family. Zahara spent most of her days in bed, severely depressed and waiting to die.
Her brother heard that we were coming and encouraged her to come and speak with us. She walked four hours that morning to reach us.
With the help of government social workers, we arranged for her to be screened the following week and then transferred to the Aira Hospital for surgical treatment. Next year when we return to Ethiopia, we will walk to her village to ensure that her treatment was successful, and that she is happy and healthy.