Living with an Obstetric Fistula

Like many in Madagascar, Tsima was married at the age of 12 to her teenage boyfriend in a traditional village ceremony. Within a year she was pregnant with her first child. What was a joyous time, for the young mother to be, quickly became tragic as her tiny body was not mature enough to bare a child. Contractions ravaged her body during labour, and finally after hours, she gave birth to a stillborn child.

The tragedy would continue as her husband immediately left her and she discovered that when she stood, the contents of her bladder emptied down her legs. … Continue reading

Technology helps kids walk again

When Duba was 10 years old she was given a bad malaria shot that resulted in a clubfoot. Still, decades later, she has spent the majority of her life walking with a cane and struggling to keep up with normal tasks.

orthopedics Englishorthopedics EnglishA clubfoot occurs when the muscles and ligaments … Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day

In the dictionary a mother is defined as:

“A woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth.”

While this simplistic description is true it doesn’t let us understand the magnitude of the bond between a mother and child. We are partial to another description of by Madame Niore:

“A mother is one that loves unconditionally, leads by example, and puts others before herself (biological or not). A good mother could never be called second rate.” –Madame Niore

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