From 2009 to 2017, she said that the pungent ordour that emanated from her body kept people fleeing.
But on Friday May 25, 2018, Ngum Masceline Tebit, 28 years, inhabitant of Muyuka in Fako Division was seen going about her business of selling fried corn and groundnut in her community unperturbed. She was one of those who benefited from medical operations carried out by Mercy Ships in Douala. Ngum Masceline Tebit had suffered from Vesico-viginal fistula. It is a body disorder resulting from an abnormal communication between the urinary bladder and vagina. Most often it is caused by prolonged or difficult labour and delivery in women especially younger girls, a Medical Doctor at the Muyuka District Hospital explained.
Ngum explained that after her operation by Mercy Ships on October 9, 2017 till date, she has not witnessed a drop of urine leakage. Her ordeal of leaking urine started in 2009 after she gave birth to her lone son and since then urine dripped from her vagina uncontrollable. “I washed dresses and dry on a daily bases. My acquaintances started suspecting that something might be wrong with me. I then confided in one of my neighbours with the hope that I might get assistance. Regrettably, she spread it in the community like wild fire that I was dripping urine. It then became an insult to me all the time,” she lamented.
Going to places like church, market or any other gathering became an arduous task as the pungent ordour emanating from her body kept people fleeing. She then resorted in putting on pads but could not bore the financial weight given that she is an orphan. As an effect from the urine, rashes developed on her laps which gave her deep pains. “I felt ostracised from the society. The only person who stood by me was my son, Oben Samuel. Very often, he wiped my tears and joined me in prayers, assuring me that God will heal me one day,” she recollected in tears. Unfortunate for Ngum Masceline, her son’s father had denied the pregnancy and escaped before she even gave birth, and had only been benefiting from the largesse of generous people.
Sometime in early 2017, she heard about the Mercy Ships free treatment project and registered her name at the Muyuka District Hospital. On September 20, 2017, she was among the many in the South West Region that were ferried to Douala. She underwent an operation on October 9 of the same year. “The operation that went on successful cost me nothing. I was rather lodged and fed three times a day for one month nine days. Medicines too were given to me for free. I thank God Almighty for using Mercy Ships to cure me and others that did not have hope again. I am equally grateful to the Cameroon Government for inviting Mercy Ships to Cameroon to treat the sick for free,” she rejoiced.