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Married at 10, abandoned at 11. Saved by surgery and now in her 70s! Thank you for your prayers and compassion throughout the years.

24 Jun 2021 | Author: The Leprosy Mission Australia

Your kindness is truly inspiring. Thanks to you and others like you, Dev Kumari has finally found a place of refuge and comfort at New SADLE in Kathmandu. But it has been a long and harrowing road for her, married then diagnosed with leprosy — all before her teenage years!

Dev Kumari’s parents married her off at aged 10, due to their poverty. But after a year, her husband sent her back home again. She’d contracted leprosy. He’d told her he would come back for her
after few months… but he never did.

When Dev Kumari was 14, her father died. She was already in bad physical condition due to her untreated leprosy. But it became her responsibility to take care of the cattle, her younger siblings, and her mother. She looked after them for years until her mother then also died.

Sadly, during years of increasing leprosy-related disability, Dev Kumari never managed to reach a hospital. She only made it as far as the local government health post. But they were unable to
give her the right diagnosis or medicine. Tragically, after those lost years of opportunity, she’d lost all the fingers of both hands and all the toes of both feet.

It wasn’t until her left leg became useless that she was finally taken to Anandaban Hospital. There she received surgery. Thanks to the support caring and compassionate people like you. Once
healed, Dev Kumari had the opportunity to come to New SADLE. Here people affected by leprosy rehabilitate, receive handicraft training and gain employment. The organisation provides free
medical services and lodgings to its artisans.

Now retired, Dev Kumari is grateful to the staff of New SADLE for their continued hospitality.

She is so thankful to you for your kindness. Thank you for not giving up on those in great need. Your generous heart is giving Dev Kumari and others like her the practical, lifesaving help they need. You’re giving them hope for the future.

Thank you and God bless you!

Please pray for the dire COVID situation in Nepal. The country has been struggling with only 18,000 doctors (6 per 10,000 people) less than 2,000 ICU beds and 700 ventilators. Urgent provision is vital.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me”. —Psalm 23:4

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