Mysterious & Devastating
Pader District, Uganda
October 3, 2014 - Lubiri Village - Dr. Ben Watmon, an ophthalmologist, tries to examine the eyes of Nodding Syndrome (NS) patient Lamwaka Monica, 15; unable to understand what the doctor was trying to do she refused to cooperate, even with her mother, Lalam Rose, nearby. Dr. Watmon is with Gulu Hospital and is at the health centre on an outreach visit to assist NS patients. NS is a mysterious and devastating neurologic condition which stunts growth, causes its victims to nod (repeatedly dropping their heads forward), have epileptic seizures, and causes cognitive deterioration. In severe cases it can result in death.