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Dignity, mobility and fullness of life – thanks to people like you!

22 Nov 2018 | Author: The Leprosy Mission Australia

Edem battled leprosy for decades without success — until he got the help he needed through The Leprosy Mission…thanks to people like you!

“I developed skin patches as a teenager, but didn’t know what they were. For six years I used herbal treatments, with no effect. One day I pierced my foot by stepping on a nail and went to hospital, where I was diagnosed with leprosy. I didn’t believe it because nobody that I knew had leprosy.”

“And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love… Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19

Edem lives in Nigeria, with his wife, five children and foster child.

“My wife and I are farmers, growing maize and corn. This became very difficult work because I found it hard to move around. I got sand and soil in the ulcers on my feet which irritated them.

“I also had serious eye problems and completely lost my sight in one eye.”

Edem finally found treatment through The Leprosy Mission and started Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT).

“This changed my life – I was given free treatment, protective footwear, crutches and a new wheelchair, which has restored my independence and will help to avoid future injuries. Without this care and support, my life would be so much worse.”  

Before the crutches, Edem would only walk on his heel with the help of a stick. And with a wheelchair as well — he is much more mobile. Thanks to people like you!

The specially made shoes have been protecting his feet from ulcers. Again, made possible because of people like you! But these are now wearing thin and he needs another pair.

Please pray The Leprosy Mission in Nigeria will continue to be sufficiently equipped to help people affected by leprosy, like Edem. Pray the shoes and devices provided will protect their vulnerable feet so they can enjoy life in all its fullness!

If you would like to help provide protective shoes or assistive devices to people affected by leprosy in Nigeria, like Edem, please call 1800 537 767 to donate or go to: https://www.leprosymission.org.au/project/nigeria

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