Category: Patients

  • 2017 21 Mar

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    Meet our Superheros: David

    Meet our Superheros: David

    “David,” a name that means, “Dearly loved.” This boy and his mother sat under a white canopy, waiting to be called. The idea of help from this large hospital ship was becoming more and more promising…just a few more steps, nurses, forms to go. Nervous anticipation should have been tempered by exhaustion from their persistent […]

  • 2017 09 Mar

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    Leopold Gets A Clear Vision Of The Future

    Leopold Gets A Clear Vision Of The Future

    “I couldn’t see anything. They had to take my hand for me to go the bathroom, to use the shower. I couldn’t do anything by myself.” Leopold waved his hands as he spoke, adding, “I always had to depend on somebody else.”  Two years ago, cataracts began to cloud Leopold’s vision. Soon, they took over […]

  • 2017 23 Feb

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    This is what not giving up looks like.

    This is what not giving up looks like.

    “My family said he was too tiny – he would die with surgery and die without surgery. They told me not to bother taking Djaliou to the ship,” recounted Sara… Remembering when she was first told her son could have a free operation onboard the Africa Mercy. The five-month-old was born with a rare condition, […]

  • 2017 07 Feb

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    A Nurse Named Sonia

    A Nurse Named Sonia

    “It’s the largest tumor I’ve ever seen,” said the X-ray technician, watching as the massive tumor traveled across the computer screen. It belonged to Sonia, a 34-year old nurse. The growth stretched out from her left cheek and was the size of a human head. Sonia passed through the machine as it buzzed and whirred, […]

  • 2017 17 Jan

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    Mabouba

    Mabouba

    She first came to the Africa Mercy in a peach-colored dress, a thin veil waving around her face and flapping against her swollen cheek. Her dress whipped around her frail legs as she climbed the gangway, her ascent slow and labored. That day, no one had any idea what Mabouba had been through for the […]

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