Freedom From Fistula | obstetric fistula caused by obstructed childbirth

Patient Stories: Lezina


Lezina fell pregnant at just 16 after getting married to her first husband. Originally from Mozambique, Lezina has never been to school as her parents could not afford it. 

When Lezina went into labor she was quickly rushed to the nearby health center, where she stayed in labor for 3 days. Eventually  before being referred to another hospital.  Lezina gave birth to a still born and she was discharged a few days later

After she was discharged from the hospital she later noticed she was leaking urine.  Lezina went back to the health center but they were not able to help her.  Lezina’s husband left her and she was left to suffer for 3 years.

Lezina remarried and they had a beautiful baby boy together. In 2022 one of our patient ambassadors visited her at her home and they spoke about our fistula care center and the healing available. Lezina came the same year and had a successful fistula surgery. We recently caught up with Lezina who is thriving.

During her time at the center she took part in our arts and crafts classes, numeracy and literacy classes and cooking classes. She was happy to find other women like her and made lots of friends.

As part of our micro-enterprise initiative, on discharge Lezina received a solar charging station. She charges phones for a fee and as the solar kit also comes with 4 bulbs she is able to light her home. To date (Dec 2023) Lezina has made MK 91,000. On an average day she makes MK 1,000. She charges MK 100 per phone. Most of the money she has earned has been used to support her families daily needs and she has been able to save up MK21,000. Lezina plans to buy a bicycle and maize.

“I’m grateful I am cured and I received a solar business unit to support myself financially.”