“I have to use baby diapers every day. Sometimes I use rags or toilet paper because the diapers become expensive,” she said explaining what the past several months had been like. This 27-year-old woman was relating her experience after an emergency c-section left her with a vesicovaginal fistula, an opening between her bladder and her vagina that causes continuous and uncontrollable leakage of urine. During the c-section somehow a mistake was made causing a laceration that created the fistula.
In addition to recovering from a c-section, caring for a new baby and her two older siblings, Jessica (name changed), also was found to have this devastating complication postpartum. She was given a referral and told that she would need to find another surgical specialist to repair her fistula. Her family searched many places and petitioned for help, but the repair was far more expensive than they could afford to obtain. No one would operate unless they paid upfront and many of the country’s hospitals were closed to non-urgent surgeries due to COVID. The embarrassment of the urine leakage left her mostly homebound and afraid to travel.
By the time they had come to Loma de Luz, her baby was already 7 months old and they were searching for any kind of help. The Lord knew that they needed to come to Loma, for only a few months after their first visit, a visiting gynecologist (Dr. Steinkampf) came to Loma de Luz and performed all of his care for free. After a six-hour repair, Jessica was on the road to having a functioning bladder again. Six weeks after the initial surgery Jessica was able to have a catheter removed and went to the bathroom normally for the first time in almost a year.
She and her family were ecstatic at the change in life that this opportunity provided for her and incredibly thankful to the Lord. Please join me in praising God for her care and recovery! During the two weeks that Dr. Steinkampf was at Loma over 25 women received operative care from gigantic ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, a prolapsed uterus, and two other women with vesicovaginal fistulas.
June is a month of celebrations for our family. Andrew and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary on June 4th! In a few weeks, we will also celebrate Alena turning two! We are incredibly thankful for the Lord’s blessing in our lives.