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 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.

Story of Kadiatou

One can hardly watch Kadiatou trying to keep her balance on her twisted legs.

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.

Help us bring hope and healing!