Story of Satou

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

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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Zackaria's story

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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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 were seeing them for the very first time, it would be very difficult to tell the two apart. They share more than just their good […]

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Story of Saliou

Story of Saliou

Saliou was too young to realize that he was different. At 2 years old, the little boy had no idea that his cleft lip set him apart from the other children.

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Story of Marie-Madeleine

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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Story of Tene

Story of Tene

Three-year-old Tene walked with an imbalanced gait. One of her feet was normal, but the other was comprised of an oversized ankle and foot. But a woman who saw her decided, she would do anything to help.

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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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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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Dr. Patricia Eyoup Sen's story

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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