Interview Date: September 4, 2018
Interview Location: Phebe Rehab Center, Bong County, Liberia
Interviewers: Kathy Beth Stavinoha and Kathi Gutierrez
Jestina Doty was born in Maryland County and grew up in Harper. She has no parents. She has two brothers but they are not doing anything for her.
Jestina was in labor for four days. Her brothers would not help her. Her friends stayed with her and helped her. She went to the CRC Hospital, the “company hospital” (Cavalla Rubber Corporation). They took the baby out with their bare hands; they did not use gloves. Her child is dead. She got “the pee pee,” but did not know why. Her clothes would get wet.
She got her fistula in 2007. She heard about the fistula repair over the radio. She had her surgery at Phebe in 2018. She has had three surgeries but she is still leaking. She is resting before having any more surgeries. She has been at the Center for one year. She would advise her friends to go to the Rehab Center.
She was not scheduled to graduate in September, but was going to stay at the Rehab Center. She took Cosmetology as her trade. She wants to plait hair in the market to earn money. She also learned soap making. She wants to sell things in market.
She will open her business while waiting for her next surgery. After graduation, she will go to Harper, Maryland to set up here Cosmetology station.
Jestina is a fistula survivor. Hear her story in her own voice.