Subhadra, born in Eastern Nepal Jhapa, was infected with leprosy at an early age of 5 years. However, she was diagnosed of leprosy only at the age of 10 years when she went to Biratnagar hospital for checkup. She came to Anandaban Hospital when she started developing wounds even after a year of treatment at Biratnagar hospital. During her treatment at Anandaban hospital, she was brought to New SADLE in the year 2000 by her maternal uncle and aunt, who were also leprosy affected and past employees of New SADLE, and started working in the bags section.
She is married and has a son, aged 9 years, and a daughter, aged 7 years, who are studying in grade 3 and grade 1 at Lovely Angels English Boarding School run by New SADLE. Her husband works in the Gulf countries.
Due to leprosy, her right leg is mostly affected. She underwent operation to straighten it and still feels weak. Her fingers on right hand and toes on left leg are deformed. During her childhood, out of unawareness, she even used to burn her own fingers saying that it won’t hurt her. She still needs regular dressing and recently came back from Anandaban after a month of stay there for treatment.
Life has been a mix of joys and sorrows to Subhadra living with leprosy. However, she feels thankful that she got an opportunity for employment and treatment at New SADLE and is being able to lead her life smoothly and dreams of a happy life for herself and her children.