Evangel Hospital

23 04 2010

I wanted to share about my opportunity several months ago to observe a VVF surgery performed by a missionary surgeon.  First, what is a VVF?  “VVF and RVF (vesicovaginal fistula and rectovaginal fistula) are serious complications of childbirth, where prolonged labor results in serious tissue damage and creation of holes between the vaginal wall and the bladder or rectum of a woman. The condition occurs more often in developing countries where women become pregnant at a very young age. Their small pelvic size
and lack of access to proper medical care during childbirth results in the type of obstructed and prolonged labor that causes VVF.

Living with VVF can be devastating.  Because of an uncontrolled and leaking bladder or rectum they are considered ‘unclean’. Women are often discarded by their husbands, ostracized by their families, and live as social outcasts with no way to support themselves.  At the Christian hospital in Jos, these young women (sometimes as young as 11 but normally 13-20) have the opportunity to have a reconstructive surgery to repair their bladder; time to recover, and are given hope for a normal life.

Being allowed to put on scrubs and be in the surgery room was exciting.  The conditions were eye-opening…maybe you can tell by the pictures, and the results are wonderful.  Once a month all the women who had their surgery have a ‘celebration’ with singing as they are ready to return to their homes.

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17 05 2010
Sheila Donoghue

I had heard about this on an Oprah show. She interviewed a woman who had dedicated her life to seeking treatment for these young women in Africa. She provided free surgeries, new clothes, and a place to recover after surgery. It was an amazing show about an amazing woman who’s life is all about giving.
Thank you, Kimberly, for sharing with us and educating us about this awful
situation. God bless you and your family! See you real soon!

2 05 2010
Kris Kramer

As always, your posts are so interesting. Thanks for helping us to understand life in Nigeria, with it’s unique challenges.

30 04 2010
Virginia

WOW Kimberly that was a eye opener for me too, so glad you had that opportunity. Really looking forward to see you all. Hugs and Love to all.

26 04 2010
Don & Gail Barrett

Hi to the Payne Family,
I just cannot begin to tell you how much your communication means. It helps put us right there, visually and with your great words of sharing your lives with us. Women in the third world countries have enough trouble being accepted and feeling a sense of worth. It is good to hear that another help is available to these young girls as they journey through life..thanks..Don and Gail

24 04 2010
mona

Life is sure difficult for these people..what an eye opener…and another reason to be grateful for living in the USA. Thank goodness there are people willing and able to help these poor unfortunate young women.

23 04 2010
Judi Seegert

What an opportunity, Kimberly!! The celebration, for these women that we were privileged to watch, was so touching. Now, you have been able to experience the surgery that makes those celebrations happen! Wow!! Wonderful!! We “celebrate” with you!! We look forward to your return home and hearing even more of your experiences!

23 04 2010
buck

WOW!! What an opportunity to view the surgery. As I remember the celebration
there were so many there, we had to watch it through the bricks. Looking
forward to your return.

23 04 2010
Carrie C

Hi Paynes, Kimberly, I’m so glad you were able to see the VVf surgery. I wish I would have been able to see it while we were there a couple of years ago. I do remember seeing the celebration before the girls returned to their homes. Looking forward to seeing you when you get back to tha states and hearing all about what you are doing up close and personal. Take Care




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