Manthrie Dewage Karunawathi is a 59 year old woman from Galewela in Sri Lanka. In local dialect, the meaning of Karunawathi is “The Compassionate Woman”. Manthrie Dewage Karunawathi suffers from rare type of flesh eating disease which ate half of her face away down to the bone. Not even the nigh indestructible eye survived the invasion of Necrotising Fasciitis.
The disease also deprived the woman of her left ear and lips. The former greatly limits her ability to hear, while the latter exposes her teeth giving the poor woman an unpleasant, zombie like appearance. Some people called her the real life two face.
Manthrie Dewage Karunawathi became a widow in 2008, however at that time she was still a healthy woman who was able to retain her job in a quarry which earned her enough for food and schooling for the only son she had with her husband. Then on September 28, 2010 her face started to fall apart and with it her life.
Coming from a poor neighborhood in an impoverished country, Manthrie Dewage Karunawathi could not afford to seek professional treatment for her worsening condition. And the conditioned kept getting worse and worse by the day. Once healthy woman became a freak of nature within a span of months.
Luckily, she was noticed by foreigners visiting Sri Lanka who took pictures and filmed videos of the woman and passed it around the interweb along with banking info for people to send donations to. While nothing could bring her affected side of the face back after all muscle tissue has been eaten away, near half a dozen surgeries stopped the spread of the disease and replaced missing facial tissue with skin grafts from other parts of body. The Karunawathi Needs Your Help website is currently inaccessible due to overusage of bandwidth, but that’s where her road to recovery started.
Video of Mrs. Manthrie Dewage Karunawathi with flesh eating disease having eaten half of her face is below:
And a couple of photos, including of photo post 2012 surgery: