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A life restored: Emnet's story

Emnet lost her baby – and almost her own life – during childbirth.

After an agonizing, obstructed labor at home in rural Ethiopia, Emnet was carried to the nearest hospital in a coma. Doctors saved her life, but her baby was stillborn.

Emnet sustained a horrific obstetric fistula, which left her leaking urine. She was also paralyzed. Emnet was transferred to Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital for specialist treatment and care.

But Emnet was too weak for surgery. Over five months, she received intensive physiotherapy, counseling, nutritious food and encouragement to strengthen her before life-changing surgery.

Emnet | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation | Together we can eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.

This is Catherine’s Hamlin Model of Care – holistic, individualized treatment and care that heals the physical, emotional and psychological effects of obstetric fistula.


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Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is fiscally sponsored by KBFUS (EIN582277856) and KBF Canada (RCO769784893RR0001)

Photography credits to Cameron Bloom, Nigel Brennan, Mary F. Calvert, Kate Geraghty, Amber Hooper, Joni Kabana, Johannes Remling and Martha Tadesse.

Patient names have been changed to protect the identities of those we help.