Kelemua’s family have always made the best of what they have. And despite living in extreme poverty, they show real courage to work hard and provide for one another. But when she went into labour with twins, Kelemua’s life was about to become even more difficult. One of her children was stillborn. And to make matters even worse, Kelemua sustained a fistula injury during childbirth. She was left completely incontinent – in her eyes a final humiliation after the emotional and physical pain of losing a child in such a way. Everywhere she went, Kelemua was reminded of her loss by the embarrassment and foul smell that came with her condition. But it was never in her nature to feel sorry for herself. Like so many women born into poverty, she had the bravery to face her problems head-on. Sadly, bravery isn’t always enough. And it’s only thanks to the incredible work of doctors and specialists at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia that Kelemua found any hope in such a desperate situation.
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