Patient Stories

5 billion people do not have access to safe, affordable and timely surgery. 143 million surgeries are needed each year. Behind every statistic is a name, a story, a life – a person waiting for hope and healing.

Mercy Ships exists as a compassionate response to a world in need. Together we are one, regardless of religious, ethnic, or cultural background.

Discover the stories of lives transformed through hope and healing…

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Ibrahim

Ibrahim's Fixed Feet

Ibrahim's Fixed Feet

Generous partners and early intervention fixed Ibrahim’s feet, saving him from a lifetime of limited mobility.

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Tene

Tene's Guardian Angels

Tene's Guardian Angels

The love and generosity of strangers gave Tene hope, healing and a bright future.

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Mohammed

Mohammed's Steps to a New Life

Mohammed's Steps to a New Life

Growing up as an outcast because of his bowed legs, Mohammed took his first steps to a new life this month, on new straight legs thanks to Mercy Partners.

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Mercy

A ship with her name on it: Mercy's Story

The Story of Mercy

When Mercy first heard about a big white ship that offered free surgeries to those in need, she knew it had her name written all over it – literally.

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Aicha

Aicha's Journey to Straight Legs

Aicha's Journey to Straight Legs

With the help of amazing partners, Aicha now has straight legs!

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Samory

Samory’s Story

Samory

Thanks to his courage, ambition, and the gift of safe, free surgery on the Africa Mercy, Samory’s dreams were rekindled!

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Ulrich

Story of Ulrich

Story of Ulrich

Even experienced nurses onboard the Africa Mercy had never seen a case quite like Ulrich’s. “Local surgeons wouldn’t even touch him,” Georgette recalls.

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Leon

Leon's Story

Leon's Story

It was a normal afternoon for 42-year-old Leon until he caught a lift on the back of a friend’s motorcycle, and his life was changed forever.

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Pierre

Pierre's story

Pierre's Story

Pierre’s mother promised her son she would get his legs fixed. She almost lost hope until the Africa Mercy arrived in Cameroon!

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Monique

Monique's Bright Future

Monique's Bright Future

After free surgery that repaired her eyes, Monique now has a bright future to look forward to.

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Aminata

Freeing Aminata From Shame

Freed From Shame

Malnutrition caused by a cleft lip caused Aminata shame and suffering – until the love of Mercy Ships partners gave her hope and healing.

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N'nady

N'nady Finds Redemption

Finding Redemption: N'nady's Story

N’nady was given redemption and a chance to walk without pain thanks to Mercy Ships partners.

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Salematou

Salematou's Hope and Happiness

Salematou's Hope and Happiness

After the pain of a facial tumour made Salematou lose hope, she was given free surgery that restored her happiness – and her future.

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Mohammed

Mohammed & His Mother's Love

Mohammed

The love of Mohammed’s mother brought him hope and healing, made possible by Mercy Ships partners.

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Fanta

Overcoming Fanta's Fear

Overcoming Fanta's Fear

Nurse Fanta overcame her own fear to find hope and healing onboard the Africa Mercy!

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Mafoudiya

A Miracle for Mafoudiya

A Miracle for Mafoudiya

Mafoudiya can now grow up smiling with confidence, thanks to Mercy Ships partners!

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Houssainatou

Fearless Houssainatou

Fearless Houssainatou

Houssainatou’s facial tumour that had been growing since she was 18 months old, causing pain and limiting her life.

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Adama

Love At First Sight

Love At First Sight

After developing cataracts while pregnant, Adama thought she would never get to see her twin babies’ faces.

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Koumba

Helping Koumba Help Others

Helping Koumba Help Others

Koumba came to Mercy Ships to find healing – not just for her own benefit, but also for the women she cares for.

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Aicha Sees the Light

Aicha Sees the Light

Thanks to her mother’s faith and generous partners, Aicha is now seeing for the first time.

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Gami

Helping Gamai Reach Higher

Helping Gamai Reach Higher

Unable to lift her hands above her head before surgery, Gamai can now reach higher in life than she ever could before.

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