Yvonne back home after successful fistula repair surgery. “I’m really happy because the sickness I went to be treated for has been healed,” she said.
Yvonne Baradahana, 49, sustained an obstetric fistula in 1991 while giving birth at home. The result was a recto-vaginal fistula, where she leaked feces from her vagina uncontrollably. She managed to deliver three live children. Her third birth was at a hospital and the doctor said they could not repair her fistula because it had occurred so long ago. She heard MSF was coming to her district, Mubimbi, and was seeing women with obstetric fistulas. She went to see the team, and they told her to come to the Urumuri Center in Gitega, central Burundi, for fistula repair surgery. Successful fistula repair can mean a second chance at life for many women. Of the estimated 30,000 to 130,000 women who develop a new fistula every year, only a fraction of them have access to surgery.