Hope Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh

Providing health care to the needy in Bangladesh through setting up hospitals, clinics, and providing emergency medical transportation. Hope Foundation aims to serve anyone in need, especially destitute women and children.
Dec 4, 2013

Firoza's Story: A Brave Young Woman

Firoza, HOPE Fistula Patient
Firoza, HOPE Fistula Patient

Dear HOPE Supporter,

I would like to take this time to tell one of HOPE's fistula patient's stories so that you can understand just how your donation is making a huge impact. Thank you again for your support. It means so much to these women.

Firoza’s story begins at an incredibly young age. Firoza 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 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, 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’s parents, claiming they were to blame for the death of the child.

 

Firoza was suffering from both stool and urine incontinence. A stay in the Chittagong Medical College afforded Firoza the opportunity to have reparative 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 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 are optimistic that one day Firoza 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 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 are dedicated to a full recovery and a bright future for this young woman.

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Dec 4, 2013

Murshida Begum: Life Changing Surgery

Murshida, Burn Patient
Murshida, Burn Patient

Dear HOPE Supporter,

We find that telling some of our patient's stories to our dedicated donors truly helps them understand just what an impact their committments make in the lives of those in need. Please read Murshida's story to nderstand just what a difference you have made for this special litle girl.

From October 25-November 8, ReSurge International, a California-based organization that focuses on correcting burn injuries for those who need it most, visited HOPE Hospital. ReSurge brought a team of surgeons, doctors, nurses and support staff in order to host a burn repair camp for the community in which we serve. In total ReSurge International completed 28 surgeries. Our patients could not have been happier to receive these critical surgeries, such as Murshida.

Murshida Begum, just 5 years old and youngest of 7 children, is from Khunia Palong, Ramu, Cox’s Bazar. When Murshida was just one year old she was unattended to briefly and burned her hand in a pile of burning ash. This developed a contracture and physically bent her hand. Her parents only used medication to cure the ulceration but did not take her to a hospital for the contracture as they could not afford the cost of surgery. Murshida’s parents felt guilty as they could not afford her surgery and her friends would often mock the abnormal look of her hand. Thanks to Resurge International, Murshida received the surgery she desperately needed to restore mobility to her hand as well as normality of her appearance. No longer will her schoolmates mock her injury.  Murshida and her parents are very happy with the results as her hand now looks beautiful.

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Nov 18, 2013

Mothers' Clubs Working on New Projects!

HOPE
HOPE's Eye Health Workshop

Dear HOPE Supporter,

HOPE’s Mothers’ Clubs have been very busy these past few months! In October the California-based organization Resurge International visited HOPE Hospital and conducted 28 reparative surgeries on burn victims in the communities in which we serve. It was our Mothers’ Clubs who tirelessly searched among their communities for patients and talked with the families to assure them that not only would they be at the hands of excellent doctors but that also disabilities and physical disfigurements would be greatly improved upon! We could not thank our mothers enough for their continued support in helping us to reach those most in need of care.

October 2, 2013 marks World Vision Day, and HOPE Hospital did not want to miss out on this important initiative. We invited members of our Mothers’ Clubs and community women leaders to join us for a workshop teaching them on eye care. Our mothers in attendance returned to their villages to educate the rest of the Mothers’ Clubs and conduct their own educational workshop to the mothers residing in their community. HOPE’s mothers also brought to HOPE Hospital patients who were suffering from vision problems or eye conditions so that they could receive free care on this successful day.

HOPE’s Mothers’ Clubs continue to support every mission we pursue and we are constantly grateful and admired at their pursuance of healthier communities and families.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best Regards,

Ashley Pugh

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