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.

Discover the stories of lives transformed through hope and healing…

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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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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 onboard 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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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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Fanta

Story of Fanta

Meet Fanta

Fanta is a nurse. But her watermelon-sized tumor under her arm made it hard for her to wear the nurses’ uniform. As the tumor 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-kilometer 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 tumor 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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