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…

Story of Kadidja

At first glance, Kadidja is just like any other child. The 4-year-old girl is happy and energetic. She loves to dance, play, and eat good food. She brightens up any room with her fearless energy and hardly ever stops giggling. But something was holding her back.

Story of Houleye

Only a few months ago, Houleye had to bear the weight of a tumor nearly half the size of her face. Life with this tumor was all Houleye had ever known.

Story of Aicha

Without her mother’s milk, Aicha became malnourished. Soon her legs began to bow outward.

Story of Haingo

Viviaby tries everything to feed her baby, Haingo, born with a cleft lip. But an unexpected encounter will change the course of her life forever.

Story of Vanya

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

Story of Sandrins

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

Story of William

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

Story of Zakael

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

Story of Prinscio

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

Help us bring hope and healing!