For 12 years, Manisha Trivedi was embarrassed to step out of her home in a Kutch village in Gujarat. The 45-year-old had no control over urination.
“I was living in agony. People used to make fun of me. I had to change my clothes several times a day. I stopped going out of my house,” said Trivedi, who studied only till Class 3.
Two weeks ago, Trivedi underwent treatment at Sion hospital and now hopes to lead a normal life. The Sion hospital doctors spotted Trivedi a month ago while conducting a health camp at Kutch. Given her unique medical condition, they helped her travel to Mumbai for treatment.
They found that there was a hole in Trivedi’s bladder which led to urine trickling through her vagina. Because of this, she had skin allergy and irritation. She had developed this complication while undergoing a surgery 12 years ago for the removal of her uterus, said doctors.
“Her bladder was injured in the surgery and later developed this gap. We had to separate the bladder and the vagina, which had fused due to hole. We repaired the hole,” said Dr Ganesh Shinde, professor and unit chief, obstetrics and gynaecology surgery.
“Incidence of this complication is 0.4% and can damage the kidneys,” Dr Shinde added.
“We are poor and getting her treated in our village was impossible. For the first time in 12 years, I saw a smile on my wife’s face when doctors told her that she is cured,” said Kantilal, her husband who is a snack vendor in Kutch.