Sita visited more than 10 hospitals over the course of two years and spent nearly all of her savings on medical tests. Still, a persistent illness she had developed went undiagnosed.
Sita first noticed something was wrong while stitching together a garment at her tailoring shop in Nepal. Her hands started to feel numb and looked strangely white. Soon, she could hardly move them. As Sita fumbled, unable to hold her scissors, she began to panic.
The numbness worsened and Sita grew anxious for a cure. “I was given lots of medications,” shares Sita. “But they only gave me temporary relief.”
Because she had become very thin and weak, Sita was shocked when she learned that she was pregnant. What would have normally been cause for celebration filled her with dread. “We were unsure if our baby would survive, or if I was fit for childbirth.”
Fortunately, Sita had no complications during her pregnancy and delivered a healthy baby girl. She even put on weight. The future started to look a little brighter.
But the sudden onset of a severe fever shattered Sita’s hope. Her illness had returned.
“I hadn’t actually gained weight,” explains Sita. “I was swollen.”
Sita tried one last hospital where she diagnosed with leprosy and referred to the PWS&D-supported Banke Clinic.
The Banke Clinic provides treatment for people with leprosy and TB in a very poor region of Nepal. Through timely diagnosis, referrals and medical care, people are improving their health and learning to prevent the transmission of disease. The project also helps reduce stigma surrounding leprosy and empowers families to improve their quality of life.
For Sita, her journey to recovery has only just begun—but now it is a hopeful one.
“Though I feel sad to have leprosy, I am happy that finally an end has come to my pursuit of a diagnosis,” shares Sita. “I am getting good treatment, nutritious food, and care from the staff. I hope more people like me will be helped by this clinic.”
Inadequate health care, high medical costs and limited knowledge about symptoms prevent many from living full and productive lives. Your gifts to PWS&D’s health project in Nepal tackle prevalent diseases and empower communities.