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Yasmin lives in the Commonwealth of Dominica, located in the West Indies. When she was 11 years old, she began to experience pelvic pain. For two years doctors were unable to pinpoint the source. When Yasmin turned 13 the pain worsened. After a series of tests it was discovered she had a congenital uterine abnormality – a uterine didelphys. This is a double uterus, with two separate cavities. A normal uterus has a single cavity. The local physician advised Yasmin and her family that she needed to seek specialized treatment overseas as further surgery was likely required. Without treatment, Yasmin would experience on-going pelvic pain and her reproductive function could be in jeopardy.
A friend of the family learned about Herbie Fund, a humanitarian fund, through on-line research. She informed the family and Yasmin’s information was quickly sent to the gynecology clinic at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto for review. The Herbie Medical Review Committee assessed Yasmin’s application as well as medical information and granted approval for her to receive specialized surgical treatment at SickKids.
In mid October, 2008, Yasmin and her mother arrived in Toronto. She met with the gynecology team at SickKids to undergo further testing. After carefully reviewing the test results Dr. Lisa Allen decided that a surgical procedure could resolve the abnormality in her reproductive organs and, importantly, remove the source of her pain. The surgery which was successfully completed in late October 2009.
Yasmin recovered quickly and a few days later was given a clean bill of health. She and her mother returned to Dominica and her pain is now a thing of the past.
"...this outcome is too good to even believe. The doctors and nurses are great; they work together and ensured we were knowledgeable and comfortable at all times. I am overjoyed." Francisca, Yasmin’s mother