Irene’s mother had a dream. Out of her five children, she wanted at least one to become a nurse.
Irene’s family belongs to Thickanamcode village in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. Her father was a mason who worked on daily wages. With his meagre income, he found it difficult to take care of the family needs. That’s why her mother took up tailoring to supplement the family income.
The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s Salur Hospital, in Andhra Pradesh (Philadelphia Community Hospital), conducted a free medical camp in Metavalasa village, in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, on March 28. The camp was conducted in the community hall of Metavalasa Panchayat office, with the active support of the Panchayat authorities.
Gottapu Ramu’s is a typical household in rural India–no landholding; the man of the house doing sundry jobs to keep the home fires burning; unable to get a proper education, children while away their time ending up mostly as casual labourers. But Gottapu Ramu’s family didn’t fully fit into the stereotype. His son was good at studies and nurtured dreams of becoming a mechanical engineer!
With the core belief that quality healthcare should be accessible to all, The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLMTI) identified Ajuru, a tribal village in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh – where hardly any medical facilities exist – for conducting a medical camp.
Being the youngest daughter of the family, Sujatha is a much-pampered girl. Raparthi Bapanna, her father, a hard-working mason who earns around Rs 200 (2.90 USD approximately) daily, saved enough to marry off his two elder daughters. Sujatha, the youngest, stayed with him in their rented house in Mallipudi village in Vizianagaram district in the state of Andhra Pradesh.