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