13 April, 2016
DHARAN, Nepal – When Rita Devi Chaudhary gave birth to her first child, at age 23, a small fistula that had caused her mild discomfort since age 10 tore into a much larger injury.
24 February, 2016
BATOURI, Cameroon – Due to complications during the birth of her 11th child, Zandelé Colette, now 56, underwent an emergency caesarean section. However, the procedure occurred too late to save the child, who died shortly after birth, and, as a result of the prolonged labor, Zandelé developed fistula.
7 January, 2016
N’DJAMENA, Chad – Like many child brides, Micheline Yotoudjim suffered terribly after she was married. She was married off at age 14, became pregnant at 16, and then experienced a prolonged, obstructed labour. Her baby was eventually delivered through a Caesarean section, but died four days later.
25 November, 2015
Manira Sanoussi, 14, is one of them. Her Action for Adolescent Girls mentor convinced her parents to call off the wedding. Girls who become pregnant while physically immature are more likely to develop obstetric fistula in childbirth.