December 11: Meet Labi who is suffering from Buruli ulcer

Eight-year-old Labi’s parents are farmers in rural Ghana. When her arm became swollen, they did not know what to do. Herbal remedies did not help, and wounds appeared. Eventually a nurse directed the family to our partner hospital where Labi was diagnosed with Buruli ulcer. After nine months of treatment, her wounds healed, but the disease deformed her left arm and hand.

Labi’s father says, “If the nurse had not informed us it was Buruli ulcer we would have been assuming it to be a boil until the whole arm rots away or maybe she could even die.”

Thanks to your support, American Leprosy Missions is training health workers and community volunteers to recognize the signs of Buruli ulcer, prevent disabilities, and manage wounds. If you’re interested in helping children like Labi, click here.

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10)