100 women’s lives restored for Catherine’s 100th birthday

Emnet lost her baby – and almost her own life – during childbirth.

After an agonising, obstructed labour at home in rural Ethiopia, Emnet was carried to the nearest hospital in a coma. Doctors saved her life, but her baby was stillborn.

Emnet sustained a horrific obstetric fistula, which left her leaking urine. She was also paralysed. Emnet was transferred to Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital for specialist treatment and care.

But Emnet was too weak for surgery. Over five months, she received intensive physiotherapy, counselling, nutritious food and encouragement to strengthen her before life-changing surgery.

This is Catherine’s Hamlin Model of Care – holistic, individualised treatment and care that heals the physical, emotional and psychological effects of obstetric fistula.

“I got cured. My legs walk normal. I am ready to go home beautiful. I thank everyone who helped me cure.” – Emnet

In honour of Catherine’s 100th birthday, our latest appeal raised funds to restore the lives of 100 more women like Emnet.

Thank you for continuing Catherine’s legacy of humanity and determination. If you want to donate, you can still give a gift here.

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