Raguram’s Story

I am Raguram. I am 17 years old. My parents are poor agricultural labourers.

At the age of eight, some patches appeared on my body. I told my parents. But due to ignorance, they did not care about it. I developed an ulcer on the right leg due to walking bare-footed. My parents took me to a private hospital and then to the Government hospital at Palayamkottai.

My ulcer got healed but soon it recurred. Our neighbour advised me to go to Peikulam. At his advice, I came to St. Luke’s Leprosarium, and got admitted in the hospital. I received Multi-Drug Therapy and special treatment for ulcer.

My parents were very much worried about my studies. The Children’s Home at
St. Luke’s Leprosarium accepted me as an inmate where I received everything free of cost – food, clothes, shelter, medicare and education. Among the hostel students, I stood first in my class.

Today I am studying Nursing in the Government Stanley Hospital, at Chennai.. On completion of my Nursing Training, I will go back to serve fellow-patients.

I am grateful to St.Luke’s Leprosarium.