Life after fistula Odette

No. of pages: 1

Publication date: 9 February 2016

Author: UNFPA

She faced a lonely pregnancy, with dim prospects of finishing her studies and getting a better chance in life. When it came time for her to deliver, she had an obstructed labour. After three days of unrelieved suffering, she ended up losing her baby. Still in pain and grieving for her loss, Odette almost immediately realized that there was something wrong with her: she was leaking urine. Only much later she would learn that she had obstetric fistula —a childbirth condition that leaves women incontinent.