Catching Leprosy for Love

If your spouse were to face exile due to leprosy, would you catch it so you could go with him or her?

That was what twenty-year-old Mary Mahiai did. She searched for a leprosy victim in hiding, cut a vein in her wrist, and bound the wound to the leprosy victim’s wrist.

Read more about it in “Bounded her Wounded Wrist to a Leper that She Might Be Exiled with her Husband.”

“Bounded her Wounded Wrist to a Leper that She Might Be Exiled with her Husband.”
Seattle star, June 2, 1904, Page 5
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87093407/1904-06-02/ed-1/seq-5/

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  2. […] 1865, the Kingdom of Hawaii quarantined leprosy victims at Kalaupapa, exiling them from their loved ones for life. Since landing on Kalaupapa’s shore in 1873 until death, Saint Damien of Molokai cared for the […]


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