Hope Success Stories
A Repaired Obstetric Fistula Sufferer
Forty years ago, Nur Ayesha first noticed the urine incontinence. A woman from Ramu, Cox’s Bazar, she was deeply suffering from this complication. It was caused by obstructed delivery. Nur Ayesha gave birth at home, as most all women in this rural area do, and was attended to by a traditional birth attendant. Lacking proper medical attention, she was in labor for six days! Nur Ayesha took every initiative to find relief. Throughout the process she was hospitalized at several hospitals but they lacked an experienced surgeon to perform the surgery. Ayesha’s husband left her believing she was a cursed woman. Her neighbors gave the same reaction. After forty long years of suffering, she was referred to HOPE Hospital and a surgery was performed. She did not have any hesitation to be treated at this hospital and took the services into her full confidence. Today, Ayesha is completely cured and is following all the instructions of the surgeon. She is very keen to work in her community to let other fistula sufferers know that this is curable. She is a happy woman now!
Imtiaj Hossen Babu
A Cleft Survivor
Imtiaj Hossen Babu was born with cleft lip and cleft palate and he required surgery. Babu is the second of three children living in the outskirts of Cox’s Bazar town on a hill with a risk of having their house demolished by the landslide during monsoon at any time. It was obvious the family was unable to pay for his vital surgery. A team from HOPE foundation visited Babu at his home and came to know about his present condition and his parent’s lack of a plan regarding his deformity. Due to our efforts, Babu’s parents were educated about the cleft lip and palate surgery camp at Hope hospital and registered their child; they continued to keep themselves in touch with the HOPE hospital officials. Imtiaj Hossen Babu was one patient treated by Dr. Aziz during his visit. At age four, his lip is finally repaired. Babu needs another surgery for the deformity of his palate. Still Babu cannot speak. He will undergo surgery for his cleft palate in a second phase of surgery and reconstruction. His parents are very hopeful that their child will be able to live a happy life with a lovely smile. Follow Imtiaj’s success story; we will update you after his second surgery! – Report from HOPE Hospital
It is very common for a very young women to develop Fistula if they don’t have skilled assistance when they are in labor. This was the case of Priyamka. Five years ago, on her first delivery with the aid of an unskilled birth attendant. Priyamka was looking for help everywhere but she never found help for her problem. She thought that she was about to die, because of the smell that her body was detaching.One day she was told that doctors from HOPE hospital were doing a health camp close to her house and she went. She went and she was diagnosed with fistula and referred to HOPE hospital. Dr. Biswas successfully conducted her surgery and now she is FREE of Fistula. No cost was charged to the patient, all the services were provided for free.
Nur was expecting her fourth child at age 40. After one day of labor at home she was feeling a lot of pain that was not common with her other children. She had just her sister assisting her birth, and after 24 hours passed with no change she suggested Nur should go to the hospital. Nur’s husband took her to the hospital but it was too late; her baby had already died. At the hospital they removed her baby. She said the leaking began very soon after her hospital visit and has been relentless since. Her friends and family left her, and her husband has since passed away. She came unaccompanied to HOPE Hospital and says she is always alone. She underwent her first fistula surgery and is already feeling better. She said she is grateful for HOPE Hospital and the help it has provided her with.
Successful Obstetric Fistula Patient
Fourteen years ago Jolchina became pregnant with her first child and enlisted the help of a traditional birth attendant, as all of her neighbors and family members do. During labor Jolchina felt something was wrong and asked the attendant if she should seek care at a hospital. The attendant replied “no, everything is fine”. Jolchina was enduring obstructed labor for three days before the attendant finally agreed she should go to the hospital. At the hospital they performed an emergency cesarean section to remove the already deceased child. The urinary incontinence began a few days after her surgery. Jolchina became pregnant again and gave birth to a little girl, even while suffering with the fistula. That delivery was also an emergency cesarean section and the doctor performed an ovarian ligation. The doctor at that time informed Jolchina’s husband that they should not come into physical contact because of her fistula; her husband divorced her immediately, taking her only daughter.
Jolchina came to learn about HOPE’s fistula program from another patient who was successfully cured of her fistula at HOPE. She felt optimistic that if her friend is repaired, then maybe she too can be. She was operated on by HOPE’s Fistula surgeon Dr. Biswas, and her first surgery was a success! As Jolchina is remarried, she wants very badly to have a child. Dr. Biswas will perform the complicated surgery of reversing the ligation, at an appropriate time after recovery, to hopefully enable her to bear a child. She is looking forward to a life without incontinence and becoming a mother again.
Firoza copy’s story begins at an incredibly young age. Firoza copy was just nine years old when her parents married her off. At age 15 she became pregnant for the first time and was unaware that she should see a doctor to receive antenatal care. Firoza copy was in labor for eight days. The traditional birth attendant nor her parents realized that she was in great jeopardy of losing her baby’s and her own life. The moment the baby was born still, the traditional birth attendant left Firoza copy, a scared young girl with complications and the sadness of her stillborn child. Her husband had not come for the delivery, and upon hearing that his child did not make it, he filed a case against Firoza copy’s parents, claiming they were to blame for the death of the child.
Firoza copy was suffering from both stool and urine incontinence. A stay in the Chittagong Medical College afforded Firoza copy the opportunity to have preparative surgery for her fistula. Unfortunately, it was solely the stool incontinence that ceased, and she continued to suffer with the urine incontinence. It was a blessing that Firoza copy could receive her second surgery for fistula at HOPE Hospital free of charge, as the poor woman, now 25, could never afford the payment for two surgeries. The doctors who worked with Firoza copy are optimistic that one day Firoza copy will be completely healed. She is now living with her brothers and earning her own living. As she is so young, she truly has her entire life ahead of her. Unfortunately, Firoza copy requires additional surgery and care as the second surgery was not successful. This is common with women who have complicated cases, especially in girls who are incredibly young delivering their first child. HOPE and Firoza copy are dedicated to a full recovery and a bright future for this young woman.
Ayesha Begum was happily pregnant with her first child. She never looked for antenatal care services, because it’s no gynecologist or midwife close to her area. One day she heard about a medical camp happening in her village and she went with her sister because she was a little bit concern about her pregnancy. Her due date had passed by that time and one doctor from HOPE staff determined that she needed a C-section urgently. After the referral to HOPE hospital, Ayesha recover was very fast and now she is back on her village with her healthy baby.