Betty Nalule’s boyfriend abandoned her after the birth of their baby girl, Favour, left Betty with obstetric fistula. He said he could not bear the stench of the urine leaking from the hole between her bladder and vagina.
Too many birth stories are traumatic. Even the most modern medicine can’t spare all laboring mothers from wrenching physical or emotional pain — before, during or after childbirth. But modern medicine can prevent a devastating childbirth injury from ruining a mother
Only 10% of babies survive the kind of prolonged, obstructed labor that causes obstetric fistula. Luckily, Favour was among them. Yet, during the three weeks Betty recovered in the hospital, she didn’t receive any information about her condition or where to seek treatment. Instead, she left the hospital without realizing what a terrible injury she’d suffered or how life-changing it would be.
Terrewode Women's Community Hospital is the first and only medical facility of its kind in Uganda offering specialized care, social support, and reintegration services for women with obstetric fistula. In addition to state-of-the-art health care, the hospital advances initiatives to prevent fistula, improve maternal health, and empower economic self-sufficiency among girls and women.
Fortunately, Betty’s sister told her about Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital—the first and only medical facility of its kind in Uganda. It offers specialized care, social support, and reintegration services for women with obstetric fistula. The hospital also advances initiatives to prevent fistula, improve maternal health, and empower economic self-sufficiency among girls and women.
Betty received surgery to repair the fistula at no cost to her. Seated on her bed at Terrewode, Betty cradles Favour.
“For me, sitting here without worrying about urine anymore is a miracle,” Betty says. “I owe Terrewode my new life.”
Terrewode Women’s Fund started out as a capital campaign for the hospital where Betty and hundreds of others have received life-transforming care. Your continued support keeps Terrewode running, giving more women access to healing and hope.
Giving even one mother a new life is a miracle. Together we are helping so many more.