Phoenix leprosy patients fear for their future with regional clinics set to close
CLOSE Many people associate the contagious disease with biblical times, but it still exists today.
She had fevers, chills and infections. Her hands and feet were stiff and couldn’t feel.
Despite worsening symptoms after the birth of her second child in 2001, the South Phoenix woman’s doctors were flummoxed.
One Arizona doctor suspected anxiety or depression. Another said she probably had rheumatoid arthritis.
When medical science didn't give her answers, she turned to superstition. A practitioner in her native Mexico suggested a liquid potion extracted from roots and trees. That didn’t... read more