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On Sunday morning, a woman came to the birth center with her husband, initially asking for a prenatal appointment. She came because was bleeding, as she said, “too much.” As we asked her about what happened, it turned out her husband had been beating her and had shoved her into a chair. This tramatized her lower abdomen, and the next day, she began bleeding. A few days later, Friday, she miscarried. Two days after that, she was still bleeding heavily.

To get to the birth center, her husband rode a bicycle with her on it until the tires popped. Then they walked. Then a “boda-boda,” a motorcycle for hire, drove by and they were able to take it the rest of the way here.

Needless to say, a woman who is bleeding too heavily after a miscarriage should not be walking long distances and further straining her body.

After resting here a while, the woman had a massive post-partum hemorrhage. We treated with cytotec and transported her for further care, suspecting retained tissue in the uterus preventing it from clamping down completely. She needs surgery to remove the tissue so the uterus can close and stop her excessive bleeding.

It turned out that a family meeting was called to deal with the husband’s actions. I asked one of our translators what the family would do to the husband for what he had done: beating his wife and causing a miscarriage, which nearly led to his wife’s death from post-partum hemorrhage. She shrugged and said, “Most often they will just say, ‘Things happen.’”

Jesus said to Martha: ‘I am the resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.
Do you believe this?”

~ Jesus (John 11:25)

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