Fatima, an epilepsy patient, is from a family of farmers in rural Ethiopia. Her younger sisters all got married at a young age, at 16 or 17 years old. Sadly, due to the stigma surrounding epilepsy, Fatima remained unmarried into her late twenties and was somewhat ostracized by her community. Many people in her village considered epilepsy to be contagious or the result of a curse that could be transmitted to family members and children.
One day just before Fatima's 26th birthday she attended a family wedding. A cousin, who had heard about her epileptic neighbour receiving treatment and getting better after going to the health clinic in Asendabo, told Fatima about the miracle drug which had helped her neighbour so much. Fatima had faith in her cousin and so went to the clinic to see what could be done to help her.
Within a few months of starting treatment Fatima's seizure's were under control. Now, four years later, she has told us she is happily married and has two healthy little boys. She also intends to continue with her high-school education when her boys get a little older.
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