Prakash Lama, 17, became partially paralyzed after a fever that went untreated when he was 7. His family moved to Kathmandu from a far away village in order to get him ongoing medical care, and he has been living at Shanti since he was 14. While visiting in Dal Kumari's room he told me (with just a little bit of good hearted pleasure) about her sad tale of lost love. Dal, 22, has been at Shanti since she was 12. A few years ago she fell in love with another resident and they married. Her husband was younger, and after 2 years of living together, he left her for another woman. After Dal had written him letters begging for him to come back, he told her to leave him alone, and she hasn't heard from him since.