Ayesha Siddiqua was married by the age of 12 and gave birth to her first child by the age of 14. Her birth attendant during labor discouraged her family from taking her to the hospital for delivery. Due to the limitations of a home delivery, she suffered from an obstructed labour and developed a Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF). For four years, Ayesha coped with the effects of urine incontinence. Although she visited 7 different hospitals to receive treatment, the constraint of poverty always remained an obstacle. Finally, she came to Hope Foundation's Cox's Bazar Hospital for Women and Children where she was welcomed by Dr. Arrowsmith and his team of medical assistants. After receiving her surgery, Ayesha expressed her desire to become a trained delivery assistant in order to prevent women from suffering the same complications.
Dr. Arrowsmith successfully operated on 20 other patients in addition to Ayesha. The complex nature of fistula surgeries attracted doctors from Chittagong Medical College and Chittagong Ma O Shishu Medical College who learned by watching the procedure. Jolene Webes, a Canadian National Nurse, assisted in the surgeries and trained the nurses on staff how to achieve quality care for post-operative fistula patients. Due to increased numbers of patients, Dr. Arrowsmith will be returning to Bangladesh for another fistula camp in November 2012.
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