VIP welcome as Burnside woman helps build Ethiopian medical unit
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.ethiopiamedicalproject.com 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