Pinki, India

For nearly 3 years, the team at Naini followed up with Pinki’s community – no one was sure where her family had gone. This is a frustrating reality for many families living in abject poverty. They go where there is work, food, and safety...

Finally, after she could no longer bear the changes in her hands and feet, Pinki found her way back to Naini.

When she arrived at the hospital, her foot was paralyzed and her hands clawed so badly that she could no longer use them for holding a cup or gripping a pencil. The surgeon at the hospital recognized the problem immediately and knew Pinki would have to have surgery to regain the use of her hands and feet. They performed reconstructive surgery on the nerves in her wrist and feet.

After weeks of healing and physiotherapy she was able to walk almost normally. Her doctor carefully explained to her family that although the results of the surgery were very good, she would need more surgery on her hands in a few months to complete the full treatment. 

Because of the delay in treatment, Pinki’s hands did not heal completely. The clawing in her fingers was permanent.

For a young girl, just starting her teenage years, the disfigurement caused her self-esteem to plummet and she became very depressed.

The nurses at Naini had a tremendous impact on Pinki. She learned to trust them and they encouraged her to have hope in her future. Their compassion created a desire in Pinki’s heart to become a nurse herself. 

Through the support of people like you, Pinki was given the opportunity to go to school through Naini Hospital’s Catch them Young program and she excelled in her studies.  

When it came time to apply to nursing school, Pinki was excited to start her new career. But sadly, the school rejected her application on the pretext that she was too young. 

To ensure her determination didn’t waver, Dr. Premal Das, Superintendent at Naini, encouraged Pinki to spend the year at Faizabad, effect:hope’s partner for Vocational Training. She agreed and waited for the next year’s application for nursing school. 

The following year, she once again applied – only to receive a second rejection. This time, the school admitted they didn’t believe Pinki could ever be a nurse because her hands were so damaged by leprosy.

Pinki was devastated. But Dr. Das wasn’t willing to give up. His personal recommendation allowed Pinki an acceptance into a private nursing college. She was determined in her studies and graduated with a permanent placement as a nurse at Naini Community Hospital.

Dr. Das continues to help Pinki grow as a nurse and as a strong young woman. She naturally shies away from procedures she doesn’t believe her hands can perform – but Dr. Das encourages her each step of the way.


India has a significant number of people living in poverty throughout the country and has the highest burden of neglected tropical diseases, such as leprosy and lymphatic filariasis.

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