Gamai was just a toddler when she pulled a pot of boiling water over and badly burned her arms.
Her parents rushed her to the hospital but were only given ointment for treatment. Because she didn’t get proper care for her burns, Gamai’s arms healed in a constricted position—leaving her unable to straighten either arm.
Over the next four years, Gamai grew more aware that she was not like other children. She wanted to play, to go to school, and even help her mother around the house—but the scars from her burns left her unable to straighten her severely deformed arms. And the stinging insults of people on the street made her hide at home.
Gamai’s Dreams Came True
When Gamai’s mother, Confort, learned that Mercy Ships provided free surgery for people who suffered burns, it was an answer to the family’s prayers. Onboard the Africa Mercy, Confort and Gamai met other burn survivors. They were relieved to find this place of acceptance and mercy. On the day of Gamai’s surgery Confort was nervous. She knew her daughter faced a painful and complicated procedure. When Gamai returned from surgery, she was in pain—but her arms were straight for the first time in years.
After several weeks of therapy to restore Gamai’s mobility she can now freely lift and straighten her arms. She can play, go to school, help her mother with chores, and have the normal life of any other little girl.
“I’ve been waiting for four years,” says Confort of the surgery Gamai received. “All I can say is thank you.”
New Hope for the Hurting
In the world’s poorest nations, medical care is often unavailable to those who need it most – 5 BILLION people globally lack access to safe, affordable surgery.
For children like Gamai, the Africa Mercy is the only opportunity they will ever have to access the surgery they need.
Every port Mercy Ships visits becomes a beacon of hope for children like Gamai – and our partnership with local governments and medical centres means we leave a lasting legacy of transformational care.
Thanks to volunteers who donate their time and professional skills and Mercy Ships partners that support their efforts, Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to those who need it most – repairing cleft lip/palates, removing tumours, healing burn contractures, restoring sight, and more.