In the days following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April 2015, we were relieved to learn that all of our partners in Nepal were safe. But in the capital city, the Kathmandu Model Hospital had been damaged. Staff and patients were moved to the parking lot, for fear the entire facility might collapse. One of…
Harka Maya's Story
A mother of two, Harka Maya lives in Sindhuli, Nepal, roughly 80 miles (129 km) from Kathmandu. She developed a ﬁstula last summer, while in labor with her third child. Being from a poor farming family, it was customary for her to deliver at home. But after seven excruciating days in labor, she was ﬁnally taken to a local hospital, where doctors delivered her stillborn baby via emergency C-section. She went home but was leaking urine and also suffered from foot drop, a nerve injury that made walking difﬁcult.
After hearing that ﬁstula treatment was available, she and her husband traveled to Kathmandu Model Hospital, where she was able to receive physical therapy to correct her foot drop. Due to the complexity of her ﬁstula, she had to undergo two surgeries, returning in March during Dr. Arrowsmith’s visit. Now dry, she is living happily with her small family.
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- Average Births per Woman: 2.3
- Female Literacy: 46.7%
- Population Living in Poverty: 25.2% (less than $1.25/day)