Leora stretched out her arms towards the light. She thought the white spots would have disappeared by now—and it worried her. But Parthiv, Leora’s husband, brushed off his wife’s fears; he assumed they were probably nothing. But when the spots grew numb and oozed puss, a fearsome word haunted Leora’s mind: leprosy.
Leprosy: The Thief of Normal Life
When leprosy took over Leora’s body, Parthiv started to notice. He saw how his wife suffered as the leprous bacteria ate away at her nerves. Leora’s wounds began to smell, and life became miserable for her. In her greatest moment of need, Parthiv left her without a warning or a trace. All in one moment, leprosy stole Leora’s security and demolished the heart of her husband.
The Plight of Leprosy
More than 200,000 people worldwide are afflicted with leprosy, mostly in Brazil, India and Indonesia
Many believe you can easily catch leprosy by simply touching those who have the disease. Because of this fear, infected people are separated from society. Family members may even force them out of the home, leaving their own relatives to fend for themselves in a world that already looks on them with disgust. For centuries, Leprosy has stolen people’s dignity and future. Leaora’s life was no different.
But there was one thing leprosy could not steal from her.