Carol Atieno, 29 years old, comes from Kasarani. Her problem began in 2006 when she became pregnant. When delivery time came, she endured labour pains for about a week before going to hospital. When she got to the hospital she was told that she couldn’t deliver normally and was taken for surgery.
“After the surgery I realized that I had no control of my urine and told that the baby was in distress. The nurses tried to resuscitate the baby, however, after four days the baby passed on. I was informed it was a boy. I was hospitalized for a month and my legs were very weak at that time. I was referred for physiotherapy for one month and after recovery I was discharged.
It became hard for me when I went back home. I stayed locked in because I thought I was the only one with this condition. In my family I was the only one who had undergone an operation for delivery. I didn’t understand what was happening to me, my life wasn’t okay.
I hated myself and even restrained from taking water, porridge, and even tea so that I would not need to urinate. I tried going to hospitals to seek medical attention and was asked to pay Ksh .3000/- which I didn’t have. I even went to Moi Referral Hospital in Eldoret (about 300km North West of Nairobi) and was told to wait until they hold a camp but they also referred me to Kenyatta Clinic 66. I later found my way back to Nairobi and went to Kenyatta and was informed that they had a camp in a month’s time and was booked and told to come end of May.
This condition made me lose hope and I felt sorry for myself. It mostly affected my social life and I couldn’t go to visit people freely or even went to church briefly to avoid messing myself. I am much better now after surgery and can visit my family without any reservations.
I would like to encourage and sensitize others with this condition (fistula) to come out and get help, I know most people believe that surgery is expensive but am glad we are getting treatment for free and I encourage them to come and get assistance for Free. Thank you AMREF for the support you have given us as women…Be Blessed.”