Living in constant shame, Marthe almost didn’t come to our screening because she was so embarrassed. She can’t clean herself without help, and her tumor constantly leaks fluid – she wraps herself in plastic to catch the drainage and keep herself dry.
“I spent about 30 minutes with her in the bathroom helping her with her preop bath, tucking incontinent pads around her tumor and helping her tie a sheet around everything to keep it all in place. As we worked, I was given a glimpse of the day to day struggle this beautiful woman deals with, and my heart just broke. I was angry at this tumor that seemed to have stolen so much…I only pray the love we show her here would also help to heal the emotional burdens within her heart.”
After receiving a free surgery that removed her tumour, Marthe still seems to hold the weight of the burden she carried for so many years – volunteers have hardly seen her smile. She is now recovering in the Benin HOPE Centre, where she can receive the medical, emotional and spiritual care she needs to make a full recovery.
This Easter, Mercy Ships Canada is working to bring HOPE to more patients like Marthe. Together, we can give a gift to patients like her that we too were given at this time of year – the gift of restoration, resurrection and renewal.