Clinic open

VIP wel­come as Burn­side woman helps build Ethiopian med­i­cal unit

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Jonathan Ged­des

A Burn­side woman has told the re­mark­able story of how she and her cousin helped open a clinic in Ethiopia for mothers who suf­fer pro­lapse when giv­ing birth.

Mau­reen Bur­nett has been vis­it­ing the African coun­try for nearly a decade.

sent home, they are be­ing put into beds and cared for, and there are 20 beds there. Last time they would be ly­ing down on mat­tresses or rugs there, and now they can have com­fort.

“Ev­ery baby has to be born in the clinic rather than at home, and that can solve a lot of the pro­lapse prob­lems in years to come be­cause they don’t have the added strain of giv­ing birth at home.”

Many of the women Mau­reen and Jo have helped over the years have re­turned later, show­ing the cousins how they have re­cov­ered or im­proved their health.

That is some­thing that Mau­reen ad­mits can be an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

“One woman had a pro­lapse five years ago and didn’t know what it was. She lit­er­ally didn’t move for years and her daugh­ter left school aged about 14 to look af­ter her. She couldn’t move her legs by the time she came to see us.

“We helped her with the pro­lapse and then looked at the legs. So we worked on her for two hours a day, and the legs started to straighten up. We said to the sis­ter to look af­ter her af­ter we left, and she did for nine months – the next thing we knew we had pic­tures of her stand­ing up, and danc­ing, and col­lect­ing rub­bish.

“When we saw her this time it was an ab­so­lute joy – she is an ab­so­lute won­der woman.”

Over the years Mau­reen and Jo have put to­gether events, auc­tions and par­ties, all aimed at en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to chip in with do­na­tions to the cause.

Al­ready they are plan­ning an event for this June at the South Ro­tunda in Glas­gow.

In the long term, Mau­reen is op­ti­mistic they will be able to set some­thing up which can give the clinic fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity.

Mau­reen added: “Even if peo­ple could give £5 a month, that’s about two cof­fees or a packet of cig­a­rettes and if we could get a crowd giv­ing that would mean there would be money con­sis­tently go­ing in and help­ing them long term.

“Jo and I will do this as long as we can – I don’t know whether I can still be do­ing this at 75 or 80. You wash in buck­ets when you are out there, so as long as I can still bal­ance my­self when out there I’ll be fine.”

Visit www.ethiopi­amed­i­cal­pro­ for more in­for­ma­tion on the project.

Great achieve­ment Mau­reen and Jo open the new wing of the clinic

Hon­our Mau­reen and Jo are given awards thank­ing them for their hard work

De­light Mau­reen meet­ing one of the women who the clinic has helped over the years

Greet­ing Many lo­cals came out to see Mau­reen and Jo

Wel­come Mau­reen and Jo are thanked for their ster­ling work

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