Friday, 13 July 2007

V V F ladies

Today I spent some more time working in the ship's hospital, where a number of ladies are currently recovering from having vaginal fistula's repaired by our surgeons. These fistulas often occur through lengthy and complicated childbirth, often during which the baby dies and the mother is left leaking urine and/or faeces, and consequently becomes an outcast because they smell so badly...I am constantly shocked at how small and young most of these ladies are - some of them are only teenagers by the looks of it. This is where Mercy Ships excels - these ladies will be able to return to their villages having been repaired, and they will be thanking God for the rest of their lives! Olly

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