Emalda's Story

Emelda is 28 years old. She comes from a family of 8 children, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. She was educated to grade 2 after which her family could not afford further education for her.

In 2002 she went into labour with her first baby in her village in the Isoka district. She was in labour at home for one day before seeking help at the local clinic where she spent another day. On the third day she was transferred to the hospital in Isoka town where she underwent a caesarean section to deliver the baby. Unfortunately the baby had already died by this time. Two days after her surgery she developed ‘drop feet’ (where one cannot lift the front of the foot up) due to injury to the nerves to her feet as they pass the pelvis caused by pressure from the babies head. The same pressure injury caused her to become incontinent of urine. So a week later she was discharged from hospital unable to walk (she now has a wheelchair) and incontinent of urine.

One can imagine the difficulty being wheelchair bound and incontinent! This caused her significant social problems including being abandoned by her husband after six months. Fortunately she has been able to marry another man in spite of her significant difficulties.

She was informed by the team from Africare that the surgery camp was taking place and arranged with the government clinic to get a lift to Chilonga mission in March 2011 for surgery. She was so excited to be dry after eight years of suffering. Unfortunately there was nothing we could do for her paralysis.

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