Ioana Miscov
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Inside Europe's last leprosy colony

The village of Tichilesti is in a remote area of Romania on the edge of the Danube Delta, and it is home to what is thought to be Europe's last remaining leprosy colony.

The disease can leave sufferers deformed and crippled if left untreated. But since leprosy has largely been eradicated in Europe, the population of the colony has dwindled.

Now only a handful of patients are left, the oldest of whom is Ioana Miscov, who was sent to the colony as a young child. Ioana married a fellow patient and had a daughter called Dominica, who grew up in the colony.

Tom Wilson has been to visit them.

  • 16 Mar 2011