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2012 – October | West Africa Fistula Foundation

2012 – October

Dear Friends and Supporters,I have not sent a letter in several months but we have had 2 very successful trips to Sierra Leone in the last 5 months. I delayed in sending this out as I thought for sure we would have some good news on acquiring a hospital that would catapult us into an entirely different stratosphere from the patient care aspect. Unfortunately despite very vigorous negotiations the last several months we have been unable to pull this off.We will not give up on our dream to provide top quality care to the people of Sierra Leone and West Africa despite the obstacles we have faced. Sometimes you just have to redirect those energies and keep on keeping on. We must continue to do the right thing as my father would say ” you do not change right you change wrong”.

Bottom line we have had several very successful surgeries and made life changing differences in many a patient. Thanks to each and every one of you that have supported our organization we could not have done this without you. I will not ramble on but will show some pictures of some very happy patients and Ladies that speak for themselves.

You will notice that we are doing a lot of surgeries other than Obstetrical Fistulas because the need is so great we cannot turn them away.

If you’ve like to support WAFF – please consider using our NEW monthly donation option on our website. Even just $10 a month can make a huge impact in Sierra Leone for these women.

Again thank you for your support and confidence in our organization.

Sincerely,

Darius R. Maggi M.D. West Africa Fistula Foundation
Young lady with very large tumor on Vulva which was benign. She did extremely well post op and is home.
Young lady with very large tumor on Vulva which was benign. She did extremely well post op and is home.
5 women carrying water awaiting very complicated surgeries for their Obstetrical fistulas

Young Lady (Jabu) that brought us Mangos, Pineapples, Palm oil and a live chicken showing her appreciation for getting her dry from an Obstetrical Fistula.

Mariama, an elderly lady very happy after her surgery ready to go home.
Lady with extremely large abdominal mass that fortunately was benign and went home very happy. This mass weighed about 26 lbs.
Lady with extremely large abdominal mass that fortunately was benign and went home very happy. This mass weighed about 26 lbs.
Husband expressing his thanks (a chicken) for taking care of his wife.

An area of the hospital that is being isolated because of an outbreak of Cholera that has killed hundreds of patients in Sierra Leone in the last few months.

Erin Fluke a young pre-med student from Beaumont Texas befriending some young Sierra Leonean girls and letting one try on her surgical cap.

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