People with leprosy are sent to isolated villages where they are abandoned and forgotten by society. The Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry has a special place in its heart for these people and organizes groups of volunteers to travel to villages plagued with leprosy in order to provide medical, living, and psychological assistance. The Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry is located in Kunming, Yunnan.
Visits went on in November. We organized 21 volunteers from abroad and visited Yangquangou village, Zhushan, Yimen, providing services to 42 lepers. Medical services were for Wu and Wang Anzhu.
1) Visit Zhushan and Yangquangou villages of Yiliang county
Considering the health situation of Bao Cai’s father and the needs of the lepers in Zhushan, we organized 13 volunteers on Ocotber 30 to visit Yangquangou and Shushan. We brought rice to 4 people and helped to cut firewood. We also brought life necessities and medical help for 18 people in Yangquangou.
Liang Ping went down half way and visited a leper. There are many lepers supported by Shalom. They hope Liang Ping could stay a little bit longer so as to treat them. Liang Ping did acupuncture therapy for a patient.
2) Visiting Yimeng
The volunteers had been concerning about the situation of Wang Anzhu in Yimeng, so they visited Yiment again on December 19. They provided medical help to the villagers who wrote a thank-you letter to express their gratitude to TFish, Mr and Mrs Zhao for buying 3-wheel motorcycle for them. Holding thank-you letter, they thanked TFish for buying motorcycle for them and other volunteers who cared about them. Liang Ping dressed the wound for Lao Yang. He held his thank-you letter and thanked all volunteers who helped him.
The situation of Wang Anzhu had not been improved a lot. It’s difficult to control ulcer with medicine. The volunteers concerned a lot about him, for the county hospital was reluctant to treat him. After work together, the volunteers raised money for him so that he could accept treatment in Kunming’s hospital. Volunteers were holding Wang Anzhu to the car. He could be amputated in Kunming so that to eliminate ulcer.
Most of hospitals were reluctant to accept lepers, so the volunteers found a hospital that can admit Wang. His situation was serious and is 75 years old, so the hospital could not decide the surgery until the relevant examinations’ results come out. Wang was admitted by the hospital and he was accepting relevant treatment and checks.
For his physical situation, the doctor suggested not to do surgery after a week’s treatment and checks. The hospital suggested him to go home and take rest. Liang Ping did discharge procedures for him and rented a car to send him back to the village.
The volunteers wanted to do something to help Wang Zanzhu, hoping to solve his problem, but they felt helpless to his deteriorating situation. They prayed for him and hope he would feel less pain when he is leaving the world. Shalom would mobilize more volunteers to visit and provide help to the needy lepers. We will keep following up the solar-powered bath room building in Shuigou village and expand the services to more people.
Original article written by Ping Liang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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