Hadiza was 16 when she became pregnant. Everything was normal and went well, until it was time for her to deliver. Her labor lasted for four days and the pain was so excruciating.
On the fourth day of her labor, the nurses on duty tried and did all they could but unfortunately, Hadiza had a stillbirth. Although Hadiza survived the painful labor and delivery, she discovered that she began to leak urine.
Of course she had to leave for her home. On arrival to her home, nobody knew what the “strange” problem was. Her husband deserted her, her friends abandoned her and she was left alone. Her aunt had to take her in and the young girl once full of life and bubbly became someone who had lost interest in life. She never left the home and she could not work because of her urinary incontinence.
One day – a day that was to change her life – her aunt told her about a radio advertisement she had heard about a centre that cured women who couldn’t control their urine – it was a Fistula Centre.
Hadiza’s hope returned and for once in five years, she felt she would live again. Hadiza and her aunt went to the centre and on arrival; the staff had described her condition exactly. She was told that surgery would be needed and that it was for free.
After her surgery, Hadiza became dry and had a very quick recovery. Today, Hadiza is a grateful and happy woman. She is able to work, have friends and live happily. The future for her is one of hope.
From Hadiza’s story, you know that VVF can be treated. You should also know that:
- Before treatment (surgery), certain drugs or wound care may be given to heal the tissue before surgery. This is because vaginal fistula usually starts with tissue damage
- After surgery, recovery time vary depending on the type of surgery performed
- Women who undergo surgery are able to control their urine afterwards
- After surgery, a woman is able to get pregnant and have a baby, usually through a cesarean section, but she can also deliver vaginally
- After successful surgery, there can be a repeat of VVF if the woman undergoes prolonged labor