Townsville’s Pro­fes­sor Ajay Rane is pas­sion­ate about women’s health and is help­ing women in In­dia and Nepal re­gain their dig­nity

Townsville Bulletin - - NQ Life -

SUDHA held her sur­geon’s hand in her hos­pi­tal bed in Hy­der­abad with her eyes filled with grat­i­tude last month. Pro­fes­sor Ajay Rane had just per­formed surgery on the In­dian 16-year-old to re­pair a blad­der fis­tula caused by child­birth. With­out surgery the girl’s life would have been ab­ject mis­ery, des­tined to live on the streets among the poor­est of the poor, shunned by fam­ily, friends and strangers alike.

‘‘ It is all about look­ing into some­body’s eye and look­ing at their ex­pres­sions when they have their dig­nity re­stored af­ter surgery and it is ab­so­lutely an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence," Prof Rane said.

More t han t wo mil­lion women in un­der­de­vel­oped c o u n t r i e s s u f f e r f r o m ob­stet­ric fis­tu­las when suit­able med­i­cal care is not avail­able and pro­longed child­birth causes a small hole to de­velop ei­ther from the bowel or the blad­der, caus­ing urine or fae­ces to leak con­tin­u­ously from the gen­i­tal track.

Next month Prof Rane will go to Kath­mandu in Nepal for the first time on a four-day trip to help women suf­fer­ing from the con­di­tion.

He is head of Ob­stet­rics and Gy­nae­col­ogy at the School of Medicine at James Cook Univer­sity and also sees pa­tients at the Mater and Townsville hos­pi­tals. Prof Rane is pas­sion­ate about women’s health and, since com­ing to Townsville in 1997, has strived to pro­vide world-class care to the women of North Queens­land. Un­der his lead­er­ship Towns-

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