Ruby picked us up at 8:30am. We walked to Karagiri, the Leprosy Research Hospital. It started 50 years ago, and the land is leased by the government for 99 years. They showed us pictures of the land when they first got it. It was literally a desert. The founders planted thousands of trees, and today it literally looks like a jungle. Our guest house is part of this hospital.
They took us through several different sections and words of the hospital. They showed us where the surgeon section used to be which was pretty much a tiny cabin with swinging doors. We saw the “ob & gyn ward” nursing branch, “xray & photography,” and many others…pediatrics was one! They took us upstairs to the testing and research facility where they test bacteria and diseases on mice. They showed us pictures of the infected mice where they turn white and their feet are huge, red, and nasty! They also showed us live mice.
Finally, they took us to see the Leprosy ward. They showed us a man with the most severe case that they had at the time. He literally looked like bones with skin on them. His legs were skinnier than my arms, and he was almost lifeless. His fingers and toes were pretty much gone because of the effects of Leprosy and he had severe skin discoloring pigmentation. They told us he was pretty much a beggar his entire life. His life over the last 40 years has consisted of sitting on the hot burning ground begging for survival needs. This caused blisters, callouses, and ulcers on his behind. The ulcer was the size of a tennis ball where you could pretty much see his meat and flesh. Graphic I know..sorry!
We then visited one of their general stores where the Leprosy patients make sheets, bags, pillow cases, rags, mats etc.. I bought 4 different things for a total of $7.
The pictures where you probably don’t know what it is…is a mans hands. They are nubs basically. He has been living in Shanthi Gramam “Village of Peace.” It is for Leprosy patients, and he has lived there for 23 years now. He is happier than ever, and lives for the Lord.
We took a 3.5 hour bus ride to a them park/ beach. It was a joke! It was the Indian version of six flags. So we just went straight to the beach. We really didn’t do much but hang out at the beach and have a million Indian people ask to take a picture with us shaking our hands, which was pretty amusing. I got a sun burn whoooo! Daddy I got you sand!
We got up really early and went to an Indian Christian Church. It was amazing! Then we went to a Chinese Restaurant! So good!
All my love,