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Elsabet was born and raised in Jimma, a small farming village in the southwestern Oromia region of Ethiopia, a four-hour walk to the nearest government health clinic.

Soon after marrying she became pregnant. Elsabet went into labour at her mother’s house but, during a long, obstructed labour, her baby died and she sustained serious obstetric fistula injuries that left her leaking urine uncontrollably.

“That was the shameful moment in my life. I become completely hopeless.”

Elsabet is alone

Elsabet’s husband left her and she hid away for years, traumatised and alone. One day she heard about Hamlin’s Addis Ababa fistula hospital. She made the long journey and finally received surgery to repair her fistula injury. She is now completely dry.

Dr Catherine Hamlin and her husband Dr Reg Hamlin opened the Addis Ababa in 1974 to cater for the thousands of women who needed treatment for obstetric fistula. The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital is now part of a network of six Hamlin fistula hospitals around Ethiopia.

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