Transformed lives: our patients

About 5 billion people worldwide do not have adequate access to surgical interventions. Every year, 143,000 surgeries are lacking. Behind every statistic is a story, a life - a person waiting for hope and healing.

Mercy Ships exists as a compassionate response to a world in need. Together we are part of one race on our planet, irrespective of country, creed or colour.

Discover the stories of lives transformed through hope and healing!

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Story of Satou

Story of Satou

At the age of 3, Satou’s legs weakened, then bent sideways. In a short time, her singular walk became the laughing stock of the other children. Since then, the little girl prefers to stay out of sight and out of mind.

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Story of Aliou

Story of Aliou

A fire left 3-year old Aliou with third-degree burns on his right arm. With limited access to proper medical care, his arm contracted, eventually becoming stuck at a 90-degree angle.

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Story of Zackaria

Story of Zackaria

Zackaria’s world has always looked rather dull. For seven years, he could only see vague shapes and muted colors because of cataracts.

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I want to volunteer!

Volunteer testimonies

Our volunteers are selfless servants. They deliver the highest quality care to individuals who otherwise would have little access to medical services. And they pay their own way, so every franc donated to Mercy Ships can go directly to helping the world’s forgotten poor.

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Larissa

Larissa

After a first experience in 2018, Larissa did not want to stop there. Having become a nurse in the meantime, she hoped to return to the Africa Mercy as soon as possible. Finally, in September 2020, the opportunity presented itself… but in a completely different context because of Covid-19!

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Alphonse

Alphonse

Alphonse has known Mercy Ships for a long time: he has already volunteered in 1991 on board the Anastasis, our first hospital ship! In 2019, he supervised the maintenance work on the Africa Mercy.

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Dr Sarah

Dr Sarah

Dr. Sarah Kwok ist derzeit als Chef-Anästhesistin an Bord der Africa Mercy tätig und stellt ihre Fähigkeiten dem von ihr geleiteten Operationsteam zur Verfügung.

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