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Childbirth Injury

The Most Heartbreaking Condition You've Never Heard Of

Catherine Murphy | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

Until I met Mariama, ten years after her agonizing delivery, I had never heard of vesicovaginal fistula (VVF). That's because in the United States, stories like hers haven't been told in more than 100 years. Today, VVF keeps company with obsoletes like smallpox and polio in the shadows of Western medicine, where its symptoms are referenced in the past tense. But in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, more than 2 million women still suffer from the condition.

Fistula's Youngest Victims

Kate Gilmore | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Kate Gilmore

We might say that to be injured by pregnancy or through birthing at age 25 is extremely sad; that at the age of 30, it is deeply traumatic, or maybe, that at the age of 40, it is devastating. But what words should we apply when pregnancy injures -- for life -- a 10-, 11- or 12-year-old?