Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Walk To Beautiful

Nova aired the documentary 'A Walk To Beautiful' tonight. The documentary followed the plight of five women who had suffered injuries during childbirth called fistulas (fistulas are holes through which urine and sometimes fecal matter leak uncontrollably through the vaginal opening). The women were abandoned by husbands and shunned by communities and families.

It was amazing to see the courage, perseverance and grace all these women showed in their determination to be healed as well as witness the work of the hospital staff -the doctors and nurses who worked with the women and treated them with such compassion and humanity.

However, while the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital is able to do about 30 surgeries a week, or about 1500 cases a year, they estimated there are another 100,000 cases left untreated in the remote areas of Ethiopia. This is not just an Ethiopian problem. This is a world wide problem - 'a silent and prevalent epidemic' one surgeon called it - of poor women in remote areas all over the developing world.

To learn more, or if you want to make a donation to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, please go to www.fistulafoundation.org.

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