Dr. Darius Maggi

Works in Bo, Sierra Leone (see map)

Over 15,000 babies delivered.

In 2002, I traveled to Sierra Leone to treat women with obstetric fistula, a debilitating birth complication that is almost never seen in countries like the US. Upon meeting and treating patients in Bo, Sierra Leone, I decided to dedicate my retirement from a 22-year career to performing as many fistula repair surgeries as possible. Since my initial visit to Sierra Leone in 2002, I have made over 27 trips to perform over 2,000 fistula repair surgeries for women in rural areas. I can reach 100 more patients with your support.

Dr. Darius Maggi is a member of West Africa Fistula Foundation.

Obstetric Fistula Repair Focus

Obstetric fistula is a medical condition in which a hole develops in the bladder after severe or failed childbirth. It occurs more frequently in parts of the world without access to adequate healthcare resources.

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  • $1,000 per fistula repair surgery
  • 40%: Treatment
  • 30%: Accommodations & food
  • 20%: Patient transportation & outreach
  • 10%: Medicines & vitamins

Some lives changed by Dr. Darius Maggi

Please note: some stories are graphic and could be upsetting.

Tiangay

Tiangay

At 12 years old, Tiangay developed a rectovaginal fistula after she was raped by her secondary school teacher. Tiangay initially sought help from a traditional healer who gave her herbs to drink and made her sit in boiling water. When she arrived at the West Africa Fistula Foundation (WAFF) ward in Bo, Tiangay was 16 and her condition was worsening. She was dehydrated, and she had lost a lot of blood. Tiangay received her fistula repair surgery and has returned home. She’s back in school, and hopes to one day study nursing. Tiangay says, “Thank you Dr. Maggi for everything you have done, you saved my life.”

Fatmata

Fatmata

Fatmata, a 19 year-old woman, suffered from a fistula after a four-day labor. After the prolonged delivery, she began to bleed and became incontinent. A midwife told Fatmata about WAFF, and she found comfort in meeting other women at the ward with her same condition. Fatmata’s surgery went smoothly, and since her return home she has been spreading awareness about fistula. She says, “I tell every girl and woman to spread the message that girls in Sierra Leone should not be shy. This condition is not their fault and they should come to the hospital so that they may be cured!”

Medical Credentials

Medical School
University of Oklahoma 1970 – 1974
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Rotating Internship
St Johns Hospital, Tulsa, OK – 1974-1975
Residency
Charity Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana 1975-1978
Board Certification
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1981