People with leprosy are sent to isolated places without families or friends to support them emotionally of physically. They are abandoned and forgotten by society. The Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry has a heart for these people and organizes groups of volunteers to travel to leprosy villages and provide medical, living, and psychological assistance.
Today, we visited four patients: Laoxu, Xiaosuo's grandparents, and Laoli.
This is Laoxu, an honest and friendly man who has lived in the village for over 40 years. His left knee and two feet have ulcers in variable degrees due to the large amount of farm work he is accustomed to. His left knee shows deterioration more than before because he is constantly squatting during his work.
Teacher Liang and Xiaoli keeps a record on Laoxu's fester. The ointment they use is very effective, and they decide to send the great news to volunteers in America.
Teacher Liang is very glad to see that Laoxu's right leg has recovered, and she checks his feet to see whether they have also been getting better.
Laoxu's hands are deteriorated badly. He has to wrap his wound by himself.
Teacher Liang helps Laoxu with his wounds. After cleaning the wounds, they apply ointment and stick on a pad in case of friction. Now his knee has been wrapped up.
Laoxu's feet have also deteriorated seriously.
Now the final step: wrapping them up.
Xiaosuo's grandma was very thankful that we helped her with wrapping her wounds. Her ulcer is serious, and we must use three bandages to bind it up.
Xiaosuo's grandpa is very thoughtful, and he helped grandma put socks on. They depend on each other, and it seems they are happier than other villagers.
Laoli is in good condition; he is very happy that Teacher Liang brought him effective medicines.
Lunch time. Teacher Liang brought manti and oranges to them because they don’t get them frequently.
The persimmons in the village are ripe. How delicious!
Original Article written by Liang Ping, translated by Shi Shi Ma, edited by US interns Lauren Kam and Ally Nguyen.
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