Sarian Karim Kamara spent four days in labour with her first daughter, until a midwife who understood about female genital mutilation made the incision that allowed Sarian's baby to be born.
It was the moment Sarian realised just how unnatural FGM is; how much of a violation of her body being "cut" had been.
Sarian is at today's GirlSummit, one of the FGM survivors who will help spread knowledge of the practice to nurses, teachers and social workers.
It comes as a new study estimates 137,000 women in England and Wales are living with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation, twice as many as previously thought.
Parents will face prosecution if they don't protect their daughters from FGM.
There's £1.4m being invested in an FGM prevention programme. Plus better training for doctors, nurses, teachers and social workers to identify potential victims and an obligation for them to report cases of genital mutilation they encounter.
At the summit the Prime Minister is launching a package of measures aimed at ending FGM within a generation. In addition, David Cameron's announcing steps to prevent child marriage and forced marriage.
An international charter calling for the end of forced marriage will also be unveiled. According to UNICEF 250 milliion girls worldwide were married before the age of 15.
All of this comes at the riskiest time of year for girls vulnerable to both marriage against their will and FGM. The long school summer holidays offer families the opportunity to travel to their countries of origin.
The message to them could not be clearer. The UK government believes violation of girls is abhorrent and will not be tolerated.
But are the measures announced today enough to deter people whose flights are already booked?