Sahir is 16 years old and lives in Kushtia District in Bangladesh with his mother and younger brother and sister.

The community in which Sahir and his family live had never even heard of leprosy, meaning despite visible patches on Sahir’s face he was never told to seek treatment. Sahir’s leprosy was finally diagnosed when The Leprosy Mission were visiting old patients in the area - including his mother. 

His younger brother and sister also had patches on their skin and the whole family was diagnosed with leprosy. 

Since then, Sahir and his family have been cured! 

Unfortunately, for Sahir the effects of leprosy still remain. Sahir’s hands are clawed from the disease and two years ago he lost the big toe on his left foot.   

Sahir’s clawed hands cause him distress and he says “I cannot do anything due to my hand” – he desperately needs reconstructive surgery. 

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