Healing of Body and Soul: Amputee Finds God Faithful

manonelegLiving life as an amputee is always difficult. Living life missing parts of two legs would present even greater challenges.  Dara Singh, only 27 years old, had already lost his right leg below the knee. After developing pain indicating gangrene in his left foot, he knew he was likely to lose part of that leg as well. He begged the HCH staff to save his limb.

During his various visits, he told the doctor, “God will definitely heal me. Please do a forefoot amputation.” The doctors agreed and told him that only God can heal. Amazingly, the forefoot healed.

Dara began to attend the nearby church and made a decision to follow God. During his two-month stay at the hospital, he encouraged many fellow patients.

 

Thanks to EHA donors like you, he was able to stay at the hospital free of charge.  The staff were able to fit him with a prosthesis which means he will be able to work and earn a living. He is now ready to begin a new phase of his life.

A Publication of EHA USA | December 2015

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Through Community Health Programs… Literacy: A Step Toward Empowerment of Women

literacy girlsImagine being a girl and being told there is no need for you to go to school because you will just be caring for your family when you grow up. Imagine being told that you might be influenced by an “outsider,” so you cannot go to classes. Imagine not being able to voice your concerns or opinions.

In India, the overall literacy rate is 74%, but for women it is just 65%. In many areas of north India the rate is far lower. Thanks to a Community Health Program at Herbertpur Christian Hospital, a group of village girls has earned the right to gain knowledge and study for a better life. They’ve also been exposed to the love of God!

These girls had been gathering in the village center for literacy classes when Hindu religious leaders expressed opposition and villagers began causing problems for the center. This caused the literacy teacher to leave.  Refusing to give up, the group of girls banded together and decided to continue the center on their own, asking one of the girls to continue to teach them.

Seeing the determination and zeal of the girls to study and gain knowledge, the religious leaders gave in and requested the teacher to return. So this EHA literacy program will continue to help these girls move toward an educated future, empowering them to take charge of their lives.

A Publication of EHA USA | December 2015

Through a Mental Health Project Freedom Is Found

Rihana was a 17-year-old student who developed a headache one day. Soon after that, she began behaving in an unusual manner. Her family was concerned and brought her to a community doctor. Her strange symptoms continued, with Rihana often muttering to herself and laughing loudly. Others thought perhaps she was possessed by an evil spirit, so they took her to a witchcraft practitioner, but no improvement was observed.

After the family had spent a lot of money on medical care and strong medication, Rihana was still often bedridden. At this point, Herbertpur staff in the Community Health and Development Department heard about her story. They convinced the family to give one last option a chance, and Rihana was brought to Herbertpur Christian Hospital where she was diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder. She was put on medication with counseling support.

After three months of medication, Rihana’s family could see a dramatic change in her health. With continued monitoring and care, she became stable and began regaining her abilities. Because of this, the family’s and community’s attitude
toward mental illness changed. People in the community understand that mental illness is treatable if not curable. Now Rihana is back in school, and her family is full of joy.

A Publication of EHA USA | December 2015

One Girl Experiences a Chance for Mobility

She had been coming to the Jassowala Learning Center for therapy for her cerebral palsy, but then her family moved to the other side of the river. At seven years of age, Naaziya struggled to walk. Herbertpur staff continued to visit her at her home once a week for therapy.

Eventually she was able to get around independently with a walker. What a thrill it was for her to shop in the neighborhood on her own and to begin attending the local school. Now Naaziya feels she is included in society and dreams of her future as every other child does!

A Publication of EHA USA | December 2015

Through an Amazing EHA Team… The Lame Shall Walk

The name Milan means “to bring together” in Hindi. The young man named Milan who came to EHA for help certainly brought together an amazing team. At the age of 26, he had been experiencing back and hip pain for 10 years. His hips were beginning to fuse together which would prevent him from working in manual labor and devastate his family.
Milan and his medical team

He needed a hip replacement in both hips — a major undertaking. He was told to travel to Herbertpur Christian Hospital 3,000 km (1900 miles) away — an almost impossible feat for a poor young Indian man. But Milan had enough faith to travel to the other end of India where the language and culture would be totally different — and enough faith to put his life in the hands of a medical team he had only heard about. He had only $2,000 of the $5,000 needed for the hip implants, and planned to sell the only plot of land his family owned to make up the difference. Staff at Herburtpur refused to allow him to do so, trusting God to make up the difference.

At the time of his surgery, a renowned orthopedist from the southern-most state in India was visiting Herbertpur, and he offered his services. Milan stayed 90 days and went through two major surgeries and a host of other issues along the way — and he saw God provide again and again. The staff rushed to get blood when he needed it, and they prayed for him when he felt depressed. Others gave to meet his financial needs.

Milan, through his step of faith in travelling so far in the hope of being able to walk again truly brought everyone together, reminding us once again of the enormous need there is for the type of care EHA provides. The trust patients like Milan have in EHA causes staff to go the extra mile to help bring healing. The day Milan walked out of the hospital on his own was a day of joy for all to see.

A Publication of EHA USA | December 2015