The 20 year old boy named Raghu (name changed) comes from a poor family background supported by his mother and brother. His father is an alcoholic, who failed to take responsibility of his family; therefore the burden of taking care of the family fell on him. He developed patches on the fore-arms and reported to St.Mary’s Leprosy Centre, Arisipalayam supported by Damien Foundation. He was diagnosed with leprosy and began the treatment. He made frequent visits to the hospital with severe pain during the course of treatment. He was admitted for the management of complications related to the disease. He started recovering from the condition.
‘I was not aware of my condition and didn’t want to share it with anyone considering my father’, says Raghu passively. With the moral support he received from his mother and brother he was able to undertake the treatment and recover quickly. He was supported with materials for making silver anklets at home through livelihood support project. He is now able to earn his livelihood and thereby supporting his family. Raghu’s family is grateful to St.Mary’s leprosy centre for the generous support offered to make them self-sustainable. His condition has changed from a miserable state to his desire.