Mairamou’s Story:

20-year-old Mairamou should have been excited about her future.

She and her husband had eagerly anticipated the birth of their first child. But after a prolonged labor, she lost the baby and was left with a condition known as an obstetric fistula, making her incontinent.

Mairamou’s grief intensified when, just three months after the death of her baby, her husband suddenly passed away. She’d lost her baby, her husband, and her future … Mairamou’s life seemed all but over.

“I didn’t know where my life was headed,” she said. “I prayed every day to be healed from this disease.”

Seven long years passed. Mairamou tried to keep a positive attitude by focusing on things that brought her joy, like her church community. But her condition affected her interactions with others.

“People don’t want me there,” she said sadly. “They would tell me to go home because of the smell.”

Finally, Mairamou’s prayers were answered when she heard about Mercy Ships on the local radio. After receiving a free, life-transforming surgery on the Africa Mercy, she found new strength and dignity!

May 23 is the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, which promotes treating and preventing obstetric fistula, a condition that affects many girls and women in developing countries. And more than just physical healing, Mercy Ships wants to bring emotional transformation by replacing shame and fear with hope.

And for Mairamou, hope seemed out of reach until she received the love, support, and care from Mercy Ships that changed her life.

“There is a big difference in my heart. Before, I was worried … but now, I see God is here, and He heard my prayers,” Mairamou rejoiced. “I’m a different person. I am free to go wherever I want. My doubts are gone!”

After seven years of the shame and doubt brought on by her obstetric fistula, Mairamou received the new beginning she’d hoped and prayed for, thanks to the generous support of friends like you!

There are thousands more women who are suffering from obstetric fistula and waiting for a miracle. Will you be a part of providing transformational surgery for people in need?