Patient Stories: Peninah
Peninah is 27 from Kilifi County in Kenya and a mother of 2. Peninah developed fistula after birth to her 2nd born child 9 years ago.
Peninah’s husband was very supportive and made attempts to restore his wife’s health but the family could not raise the money needed for her treatment. 9 years elapsed only adjusting to live with fistula which was not easy for Peninah. Some people had told her that it is a curse and not a condition to seek treatment at the Hospital for.
One day a former patient who is now our ambassador was talking to women about the treatment of fistula and was linked up with Peninah by a villager. She arranged for Peninah to come for screening at St Mary’s Mission Hospital in November 2016 for treatment but her health was not good due to lack of proper nutrition and the fact that she had had another delivery in less than a month’s time, where the baby did not survive. After counselling and commencement of good nutrition Peninah was discharged and returned to the hospital in February 2017 for treatment. The surgery was successful and Peninah is now dry. The years of suffering are over and life has meaning again for Peninah.