In March 2016 Yunnan Leprosy organized 3 visits to villages—A’ziying and Yimeng of Kunming and Yangquangou of Yiliang county, providing medical care to 32 lepers.
1) Visiting A’ziying Village
Yunnan Leprosy had been concerned about Wang Caifeng. Her cell phone had not been answered for several days. Liang Ping and volunteers visited A’ziying early in the morning of March 1. Li Ping was running to greet us when she saw Liang Ping. They were happy that Liang Ping came again.
Recovering patient Mao Jingzhong explained Wang Caifeng's situation to Liang Ping. Caifeng had not been well since her father had died. Caifeng's daughter took her to the hospital near her home for treatment. The lepers are illiterate and they did not know where the hospital was, but they told Liang Ping that Caifeng is probably already much better. Normal hospitals don't welcome lepers, so she was told to stay in a private-owned hospital. The lepers did not know more details but Yunnan Leprosy will follow up and hopes to give her more help.
Liang Ping left A’Ziying with disappointment, since they still did not know what had happened to Wang Caifeng. Wang Caifeng is the youngest among the lepers and her health is a better than the others. If she were there, she would be able to give more help to the other lepers.
2) Visiting Yimeng
It had been half a year since Yunnan Leprosy last visited Yimeng. The lepers missed Liang Ping and the other volunteers. They asked Sister Wang to call Liang Ping and hoped the volunteers would visit them and give them some medical help. To meet their needs, Liang Ping invited volunteers from church. They rented a car and came to Yimeng, sending loving gifts to 12 lepers. An owner of a hotpot restaurant in Yimeng became one of volunteers and visited the village too.
The volunteers tried their best to help the lepers. They could not help but feel sad when their jobs were done and they had to leave, for the lepers live in the mountains and still need help. They need love and to communicate with people. They need to enjoy life as like the rest of us do, but they could not even access simple treatment. Hospitals do not admit them. They had to put up with pain and rely on pain killers. As Sister Wang said, “The days you come visit us are our happiest days! We hope you come again!”
Original article translated by Maggie Li, edited by Carolyn D.
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