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A New Nose And A New Heart For Mioty

Mercy Ships patients are not the only ones who experience transformed lives. Crew members create treasured memories of heart-lifting and heart-breaking moments. Ward Nurse Heather Morehouse shares a special story: “To The Terror Of A 5-Year-Old In Bed D9 … You Have Changed My Life” When you first arrived on the ward, I saw your […]

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Ending Obstetric Fistula

Obstetric Fistula? Some might nod their head and pretend they know what these words mean, but many Canadians do not. Vesico-vaginal Fistula (VVF) is traumatizing. It is a child birth related injury where a hole develops between the rectum and vagina or between the bladder and vagina. Women who survive days of labor and the […]

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Nothing To Hide: Salestine’s Story

She arrived at our gates barefoot. She didn’t have enough money to buy shoes. The dust covering her feet bore witness to how hard they had worked. They had seen the three a.m. stars in her home village, and they had walked ten long hours. She couldn’t afford a boat ride. After a few more […]

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VIDEO: Vanya’s Transformation

Vanya walked across the dock toward the gangway, holding her mother’s hand tightly, her hair danced in the breeze. Nearby, a large ship sat quietly at the dock. The words AFRICA MERCY were strewn across it, and it watched  her with a knowing smile. It saw her legs, which looked like the wind was trying […]

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A Solution For Marie Sylvie

A large pot of boiling oil. A little girl playing nearby. A tragic combination. Little two-year-old Marie Sylvie fell into the boiling oil. Her frantic, desperate cries alerted her parents, who rushed to her side. Felicie, her mother, was in shock. Angelo, her father, felt heartsick. “I am sad when I look at my daughter […]

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A Mother In Madagascar – Elvie and Noeline’s Story

Elvie is a little girl in our hospital ward who asked her mother, “Where is the sun?” The answer? “It’s on your mother’s face, little girl.” Elvie’s mother, Noeline, received an appointment card from Mercy Ships. Her daughter, Elvie, would receive free healthcare – a minor operation, a series of casts, and braces to correct the […]

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Beauty Amongst the Ashes: Clerette’s Story

Clerette is a survivor. At the age of four, she was struck by a deadly flesh-eating bacteria called noma. The relentless disease largely affects young children. In Clerette’s case, it began as a small abscess in her gum. Within days, a large chunk of her left face was gone. Nearly 90 percent of all children […]

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A New View of Scars: Windy’s Story

[:en] Windy, one of our burn patients, is famous for his mischievous and utterly charming personality . . . and we love him! It’s easy to locate our eleven-year-old namako (the Malagasy word for friend).  Just walk through the ward door and listen for the laughter. It’s a fact of life that Windy is rarely ever at his bed […]

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Spoiled By Love – Rajo Part II

Remember Rajo? He was the little boy with a left clubfoot. He broke his father’s heart with the plea, “Please, Daddy, arrange my feet?” The other day, I saw him toddling around our Mercy Ships dock on perfectly normal feet. He was holding the hand of his dad, Tojo. And Tojo’s grin was as bright […]

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Minette’s First Smile

Minette didn’t feel human. A 4.3 kg (9.5 lb) neurofibroma was robbing her of that right. Surgery aboard the AfricaMercy was Minette’s final hope.  Before Minette’s surgery, the weight of the physical burden she carried left her without reason to smile. But after her 4.3 kg (9.5 lb) neurofibroma was removed, we saw the amazing […]

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