Patient Stories: Mary
47 year old Mary from Esani Village in Kisii County of Kenya is a terrible one.
Mary was mistreated and alienated by people she called friends once she developed (VVF) Vesico Vagina Fistula after her first delivery in 1993. The gossip and bad-mouthing was unbearable. Her baby died after the delivery and losing her incontinence seemed so unfair. But she clung to the fact that her family and husband were there for her for support no matter what.
Mary sought treatment in 2015 but it was not successful. While not every fistula patient is a success story, Mary expressed how she received love and acceptance from her family that reassured her that life is worth hoping for.
In September 2016 Mary learned of a free VVF Camp through EGESA FM; a local vernacular speaking radio station in Kenya. She discussed the information with her family who encouraged her to take the opportunity yet again. She arrived at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kenya on the first day of the camp, where she was screened and confirmed to have been suffering from VVF. Mary was admitted the same day and her repair scheduled.
After 23 years of shame, tears and suffering, Mary was successfully operated on and we are glad to have been a part of Mary’s transformation.