Restoring dignity through surgery

Twenty-four years ago, Abra went into labor. It was her fifth child that she delivered by herself at home, but this time was different…

Struggling with pain, she was taken to the hospital. The doctors lost hope to help her, her baby died, and Abra remained in a coma for five days. When she awoke, she realized she was incontinent! Her condition is called a vesicovaginal fistula, an injury caused by obstructed labor, resulting in a continual leakage of urine, feces, or both.

Abra was rejected by many due to her foul smell. „Everybody in the area knew about my sickness,“ said Abra. „So the only option was to wait for God’s time when I would join him after death, and it will be the end of everything.“

The arrival of the Africa Mercy brought hope for Abra! She received a free and successful surgery and was able to return home. Tragically, a few weeks later, Abra was the victim of a brutal rape that ruined the surgical repair. She was back in the same nightmare she had experienced for two decades. The ship had already left, and she had nowhere to turn.

Less than a year later, the Africa Mercy returned and Abra received a second surgery. Her face now radiates with happiness: „I feel better now. No… rather, great! I have joy in me!“