“She Used to Walk on Her Knees”
Shumi suffered the symptoms of leprosy early in childhood, but her family didn’t know if she had contracted the disease. When she was diagnosed at 10 years old, the only treatment she received was from a village shaman, which didn’t improve her condition at all. Shumi’s family did not allow her to live in their home, instead she stayed in a shack outside. Nobody took care of her, and she developed permanent deformities.
Then last November, one of our health workers involved in our program to strengthen health systems in Bangladesh, found Shumi while going “door-to-door”, looking for people with disabilities.
After talking with Shumi and her family, we were able to admit her to a local hospital on June 27, 2018, for one month of treatment and care. Shumi learned to use a wheelchair so she could move around easily and look after herself. Up to that point, she had gotten used to walking around on her knees. On August 7, Shumi was strong enough to leave the hospital.
Today, Shumi is happy and enjoying her new life. Her family helps to take care of her and she is going to join a self-help group in her village. These groups are supported by effect:hope and not only encourage community, but teach self-care techniques and proper sanitation practices.
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