In 2010, a then 12-year-old grade school student in Brookline, MA named Sarah Gladstone was inspired when she read the book Half the Sky: Turning Opppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. She decided to act in support of women and girls suffering from the childbirth injury of obstetric fistula by creating The Starfish Project, through…
Alitash remained at home to deliver her third child, and there were many complications. Unfortunately the baby was stillborn, and soon thereafter Alitash began leaking urine due to an obstetric fistula. She stopped going to church and other social gatherings because she couldn’t stand the gossip and stares.
She lived this way for 15 years before hearing that free treatment was available at Aira Hospital. Doctors at the hospital operated successfully on Alitash and healed her fistula. She is now completely dry, and looks forward to her new life.
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