Patient stories

About 5 billion people worldwide do not have adequate access to surgical interventions. Every year, 143 million 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 color.

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Satou

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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Aliou

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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Ousseynou und Assane

Story of Ousseynou and Assane

Story of Ousseynou and Assane

While 5-year-olds Ousseynou and Assane may look alike, it’s obvious to see their different personalities – Ousseynou is outgoing and cheeky, while Assane is quiet and reserved. However, if you […]

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Zackaria

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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Marie-Madeleine

Marie-Madeleine

Story of Marie-Madeleine

When she was a child, Marie Madeleine developed an abnormally tight muscle contracture in her leg. Despite this difficulty, Marie Madeleine continued making the short journey to school, where she was determined to learn.

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Mariama

Story of Mariama

Story of Mariama

Mariama was born with a facial cleft. Her parents are faced with difficult questions, and no one seems to be able to help…

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Aicha

Story of Aicha

Story of Aicha

“When they removed the bandages, I saw my daughter as a woman for the first time” Fatmata said. “She was like a new person. She was dancing and laughing.”

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Dr Patricia Eyoup Sen

Story of Dr Patricia

Story of Dr Patricia

Dr. Patricia was aware that, even with the proper education, opportunities to turn her surgical dreams into a reality were rare in Cameroon. When she heard about the ophthalmic mentoring available on the Africa Mercy, she was thrilled to participate.

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Adama

Story of Adama

L'histoire d'Adama

Adama was five months pregnant when the world around her started to flicker and fade, because of cataracts in her eyes.

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Mercy

Story of Mercy

Story of Mercy

When 25-year-old Mercy arrived on the Africa Mercy to be seen by the screening team she was in a state of depression; on our hospital ship, she found hope again!

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Salamatou and Mariama

Story of Salamatou and Mariama

Meet Salamatou and Mariama

High up Mount Manengouba in Cameroon, through rocky terrain and lush foliage, lies the beautiful village of Bororos. The journey to Bororos consists of a steep, uphill horse ride surrounded by craggy rocks with only wildlife for company. But two little girls, sisters Salamatou and Mariama, had never left their village high in the hills of Cameroon because of their twisted legs.

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Paul Pascal

Story of Paul Pascal

Story of Paul Pascal

When he first arrived on the dock of the Africa Mercy cradled in his mother’s arms, Paul was a ghost of a baby. He was born with a cleft lip and palate that made it nearly impossible for him to nurse, and at just three months old he was slowly starving.

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Ulrich

Story of Ulrich

Story of Ulrich

Even experienced nurses on board the Africa Mercy had never seen a case quite like Ulrich’s.  “Local surgeons wouldn’t even touch him,” Georgette recalls.

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Fanta

Story of Fanta

Meet Fanta

Fanta is a nurse. But her watermelon-sized tumour under her arm made it hard for her to wear the nurses’ uniform. As the tumour grew painfully large, she knew something had to be done. However, working in the local hospital only heightened her fears of having surgery.

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Amina, Jaques, Marie and Elodie

Amina, Jacques, Marie and Elodie

Story of Amina and her family

In 2001, the crew of our first hospital ship operated the young Amina of cataract. But who would have thought that her children would inherit her cataract?

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Prinscio

Story of Prinscio

Meet Prinscio

Prinscio walked in a surprising way: he was born with club feet, and walked on the side of his feet. But when his family heard that a hospital ship would be coming to his country, he rejoiced:: “Soon, I will be able to play soccer!”

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Sandrins

Story of Sandrins

Meet Sandrins

Sandrins used to go to school with her sisters and friends, But the three-kilometre walk to school gradually became too painful…

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Vanya

Story of Vanya

Meet Vanya

While other children play and run, Vanya sits on the sidelines. When they cry and laugh, she remains silent.

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Zakael

Story of Zakael

Meet Zakael

Zakael grins from ear to ear. Surgeons have removed the tumour that had grown on his neck for 7 years.

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William

Story of William

Meet William

William has been blind for two years. After cataract surgery, he can see again. “I can see my son!”

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Haingo

Story of Haingo

Meet Haingo

Viviaby tries everything to feed her baby, Haingo, born with a cleft lip. There’s little hope for Haingo to survive. But an unexpected encounter will change the course of her life forever.

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