Sisters in India known for their snake and scorpion bite treatment

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Sisters tend to women patients at the mission hospital in central India. (GSR/Saji Thomas)

Ghonsla, India — Farman Khan was bitten by a cobra while working on a farm. The 35-year-old Muslim man killed the snake immediately and carried it to a nearby Catholic mission hospital.

He gave the snake to the nuns managing the Jai Rani (Queen of Victory) Mission Hospital in Ghonsla, a village in central India.

"We started his treatment immediately as any delay would have proved fatal," says Sr. Rosline Pathalin, a trained nurse. "Now he is getting better," she says as she stands by Khan's bed.

Khan, a landless agricultural laborer, is among thousands of villagers who have come to the hospital in the village near Ujjain, a temple town in Madhya Pradesh state. It is known as "Mission Hospital" and is managed by the Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The 20-bed hospital treats snake and scorpion bite cases through a unique method and in the process helps end certain superstitious practices among villagers.

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