I'm doing a study on how to prevent the birth complication she suffered from. Not a pleasant topic, but I think you can bear this story, because it's all "gladdie, gladdie" in the end.
40-year-old Iye Sowodie is typical of ACFC (Aberdeen Clinic and Fistula Center) patients. Iye has given birth to five children during her life, two have since died. During Sierra Leone’s decade long civil war, Iye was captured by rebel soldiers. She was made to cook for the rebels and beaten when they didn’t like what she prepared.
Since the birth of her youngest child, 17 years ago, Iye has suffered from extreme incontinence. Not just a tiny trickle, but a steady stream day and night. Iye’s husband abandoned her because of the terrible smell and because she couldn’t bear him more children. She was left destitute and survived for a time by scrounging for whatever she could find in the jungle.
Iye recently learned about the Mercy Ships Fistula Clinic in Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone. She was told doctors there could make her dry and treatment was free. Iye’s surgery was successful and she spent two weeks on the ACFC ward recovering. One morning Iye was singing and a Mercy Ships staff member asked why. Mixing English and the local Creole Iye answered, “I’m gladdie, gladdie to God! I’m going home tomorrow dry!”