The 14-year-old Arti was admitted to the leprosy hospital in Nain (Uttar Pradesh, northern India) in a deplorable condition. His right hand was severely deformed due to leprosy, and he was also scalded. His left palm was also covered with sores. His face showed signs of nerve paralysis from leprosy. His parents were most afraid that after the diagnosis their family would be completely ostracised in the village.
The little girl waited for the operation, broken and scared. Her mother and little brother were with her all the time, which was a great help for the hospital. The first surgery was done, and then the rest!
Half a year later, you wouldn't recognise him! His hands and face had been renewed, his eyes relaxed, his features smoothed. There is every chance that no one will ever know afterwards: he was once a leper! She'll be able to marry, she'll have a happy life!
While you were reading this,
Once again, a fellow human being somewhere on Earth has been diagnosed with leprosy.
Every 2 minutes about someone!
30 persons per hour!
Among them 6 children!
720 of our fellow human beings every day!
Among them 144 children!
And they're the lucky ones who have at least been diagnosed with the disease, because they've made it to the doctor! They can be cured! The number of those who cannot or dare not even get to a specialist, to the threshold of recovery, is much higher!