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 Umu

“I was afraid to see the tumor on her face,” Yei remembered about the day she gave birth and saw Umu for the first time.

Story of Samba

After enduring 56 years of hardship and exclusion, a mere two hours proved transformative, radically reshaping Samba's life and bestowing upon him a newfound sense of dignity.

Story of Astou

Two surgeries​ for Astou Meet Astou. Her life has had shadows of pain. When she was 20 years old, she lost her son during childbirth, but that wasn’t the only

Story of Daouda

What started as a small lump eventually developed into a massive growth filling his mouth, making eating and talking difficult.

Story of Amadou

Amadou was the very first patient to recieve a free surgery on the Global Mercy.

Story of Khoudia

Khoudia had lost all hope:no local hospital was able to perform the surgery she needed.

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

Houleye had to bear the weight of a tumor nearly half the size of her face.

Story of Amadou

For the last 15 years, medic Amadou refused to be defined by the tumour on the side of his face.

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