Category: Patients

  • 2018 30 Jan

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    Standing Tall: Ulrich’s Story

    Standing Tall: Ulrich’s Story

    “What do you want to be when you grow up?” someone asked 12-year-old Ulrich. “I want to be tall like my friends,” he answered with a smile. Even experienced nurses onboard the Africa Mercy had never seen a case quite like Ulrich’s. He was born with dislocated knees and a condition known as Quadriceps Contracture—a […]

  • 2018 08 Jan

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    Freedom for Ernest

    Freedom for Ernest

    Ernest’s eyes speak of a pain and sorrow beyond his 27 years. A facial tumor had been growing for over a decade, and he spent his young adult years hiding from the world, simply waiting to die. “I was making everyone uncomfortable, so I would just stay home in bed all day, alone with my […]

  • 2017 20 Dec

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    Conquering Fear: Fanta’s Story

    Conquering Fear: Fanta’s Story

    It’s hard to work if you’re a teacher who’s afraid of children, a jockey afraid of horses, or even a nurse afraid of surgery, like 44-year-old Fanta. Despite working in the medical field for over 17 years, Fanta was too frightened to undergo surgery to remove a 10-pound Lipoma tumor under her right arm. For […]

  • 2017 24 Nov

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    Letting go of a 30 year burden

    Letting go of a 30 year burden

    You can hear Christina’s contagious laugh from across the room and instinctively know that she’s a woman who never lets circumstances rob her of joy. But, her smile is interrupted by a facial tumor that has been slowly growing for over 30 years, with no hope of being removed. Christina first noticed the tumor, which […]

  • 2017 16 Nov

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    Ulrich’s Incredible Transformation

    Ulrich’s Incredible Transformation

    The Africa Mercy has been docked in Cameroon for 3 months, in which time our volunteer surgical team has performed over 650 life-changing operations! Thanks to caring donors and volunteers, patients like12-year-old Ulrich’s lives have been truly transformed. Ulrich arrived on the Africa Mercy with backward facing legs. Despite the daily challenges caused by his […]

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