Ram Nandan Mahara
Ram’s prosthetic leg spells it out to leprosy patients at Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital Services Centre (LLHSC).
18 years ago he lost his left foot and calf to leprosy. Kicked out of his community, he was forced to live in the jungle with bears and monkeys for company. His wife, who refused to divorce him, brought him food every day. When he heard about the new Leprosy Hospital Services Centre at Lalgadh he walked miles to meet Eileen Lodge, founder of Nepal Leprosy Trust.
Eileen sent him for treatment to Kathmandu, where he trained as a shoemaker. Now running the footwear department at LLHSC, he is also the warden of the Self Care Centre. Trainees spend 2 weeks in the Centre after treatment, learning how to look after themselves when they return home. Perhaps their most powerful lesson in self care is the sight of Ram Nandan’s rolled up trouser leg.