Patient Stories: Hawa


My name is Hawa and I am 25. My schooling finished in year 3 of primary school because of the civil war.   I am a farmer and housewife.

I am married to Sheku Ngebga. I was 14 when we got married. I became pregnant at 15 and was happy. I have been pregnant twice and the second pregnancy gave me obstetric fistula.

I was in labor for two days and then had a caesarean section but our baby boy was very sick.

My husband did his best to bring me to the government hospital to save our lives Our baby was alive for three days and on the fourth day we lost him.

By then I realized I had urine incontinence.   

My husband felt so bad because of the constraints, pain, finances and the loss of our son. My family members felt bad for me and since that day they have been having sympathy for me. My husband and my family supported me fully. I have had this problem for six years. The only problem now is that I don’t have a living child.

I heard about the Aberdeen Women’s center through the radio and a team from the center picked me up and brought me there. I’ve been here for twelve days. When I came I was afraid I would not be healed.  But I am. I’m dry. 

I was really cared for by the doctor, nurses, international staff, teacher and the other patients. My husband is very, very happy.