Category: Patients

  • 2017 31 Jul

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    Rose and her Proud Father

    Rose and her Proud Father

    Pounding yams … hand-washing clothes … head-carrying water or goods to sell … feeding a baby … all common tasks for women in many parts of West Africa. For some, it’s part of living; for others, it’s a matter of surviving. For a young girl like Rose, having hands that functioned properly would ease the […]

  • 2017 19 Jul

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    Marthe has a lot to Smile about!

    Marthe has a lot to Smile about!

    “We weren’t sure if she’d come back alive…” “Nobody ever imagined she’d come back like this!”   “I don’t even know what words to pick – she wasn’t like this before!”  … That’s what Marthe’s friends and family had to say when they welcomed her back home. She was returning from a long stay on […]

  • 2017 26 Jun

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    Philomene And Oceane Return

    Philomene And Oceane Return

    PART I  Every day, Philomene feared that her daughter would die. In 2008 she had given birth to a beautiful child with a small bump on the back of her head … it was brain matter protruding through an opening in Oceane’s skull and collecting in her ballooning skin. In more developed countries, this condition, […]

  • 2017 22 Jun

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    Valerie Goes Back To School

    Valerie Goes Back To School

    When Valerie was four, she asked her father to pull her out of school. “I didn’t want to go anymore,” she recalled. Her legs had begun to bow outward. Her father complied, eventually sending her to live with her uncle’s family in the city, closer to help. But, instead of undergoing the necessary surgery, Valerie […]

  • 2017 23 May

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    International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2017

    International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2017

    Today is International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, but what exactly is Obstetric Fistula? Although it affects millions of women, few Canadians know about it because very few women in Canada are at risk of developing this heartbreaking condition. Obstetric Fistula, also known as Vesico-vaginal Fistula (VVF) is traumatizing. It is a child birth related injury […]

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