No woman should ever have to suffer the horrors of fistula like Comfort
Obstetric fistula happens when a baby will not fit through the birth canal. The baby is forced deeper into the pelvis, becoming tightly wedged against the soft tissues of their mother’s bladder and vagina, compressing them against her pelvic bones. This crushing pressure over a long labour tears a hole in the birth canal – a fistula. Sadly, babies rarely survive. And mothers often lose their lives too.
While Comfort survived this horrifying experience, tragically, her baby did not.
You might not have heard about fistula because it rarely happens here in Australia. If a woman experiences labour complications like Comfort’s, she would quickly be given a caesarean section by her doctors. Saving both her baby and her body from further harm.
But in developing nations, the horror of fistula is hurting 75,000 women a year! In communities like the one Comfort lives in, it’s so misunderstood that many doctors don’t even know how to diagnose it.