Patient Stories: Isatu


Isatu arrived at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre on New Years Eve.  The 18 year old was severely malnourished, dehydrated and suffered from infected wounds. 

Isatu had a double fistula following a tortuous 5 day labour and the death of her baby.  She was unable to walk because the nerves in her legs were badly damaged. 

Before going in for surgery she would need to be nursed back to health.  The staff tailored a feeding programme, physiotherapy and expert wound care specifically for Isatu, and she slowly began to heal and build strength.

After 9 months of care, Isatu was finally healthy enough to be repaired. 

During this healing process Isatu enjoyed the daily arts and crafts activities that are offered at the centre. 

Her fistula was severe so she received surgery during a 2 week “fistula camp” where an expert surgeon was flown in to perform over 50 complicated surgeries. 

Isatu’s surgery was a huge success and it wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of the staff at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre. 

Every week the hospital holds a “GladiGladi” celebration for healed patients who are ready to rejoin society.  The hospital celebrated its largest “GladiGladi” ever and Isatu was the centre of attention.

Watch Isatu’s story here: