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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Ousseynou and Assane

Double the Trouble, Twice the Joy

Patient Stories

While 5-year-olds Ousseynou and Assane may look alike, it’s obvious to see their different personalities –Ousseynou is outgoing and cheeky, while Assaneis quiet and reserved. However, if you were seeing them for the very first time, it would be very difficult to tell the two apart. They share more than just their good looks —both […]

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Gnilane

Dreams of Being a Doctor

Dreams of Being a Doctor

Gnilane’s dream of becoming a doctor was threatened by a tumour that had been growing on her face for most of her life, until she received free surgery onboard the Africa Mercy

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Benessa

Finding Joy

Finding Joy

Every day, a growing tumour above Benessa’s left eye caused her more and more pain. Doctors feared she might lose her eye. When Benessa’s mother heard about Mercy Ships, she was ecstatic. Her family traveled for hours to get to the Africa Mercy, and they got there just in time.

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Marie Madeleine

Most Likely to Succeed

Marie Madeleine

Marie Madeleine loves school. She believes with a good education, she will be able to accomplish her dreams, and she refuses to let her condition slow her down.

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Mouhamed

Regaining Confidence

Regaining Confidence

Mouhamed’s tumour disfigured his face and took away his ability to speak properly. Overshadowed by the pain and shame of his affliction, he retreated inward – until the Africa Mercy arrived in Senegal.

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Aliou

Hope, Healing, and an Open Door

Hope, Healing, and an Open Door

Everything changed for Aliou when a blanket caught fire in his bed, leaving him with severe burn contracture. 

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A New Smile

A New Smile

Mariama was born with a facial cleft that jeopardized her future. Then, the kindness of strangers brought her hope and healing.

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Mairamou

Mairamou’s New Beginning

Mairamou’s New Beginning

After seven years of suffering and grief, Mairamou is ready for her new beginning!

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Kadiatou

Seasons: Kadiatou's Journey

Seasons: Kadiatou's Journey

Kadiatou suffered in every season, until caring partners fixed her feet!

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Saliou

Saliou's Story

Saliou's Story

The first patient of the 2019-20 field service in Senegal, Saliou received a life-changing surgery thanks to caring partners from around the world. 

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Tene

Helping Hands for Tene

Helping Hands for Tene

Without surgery, Tene likely would have lost her foot. Thankfully, partners from around the world came together to give her hope.

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Aminata

Freed From Shame

Freed From Shame

Aminata’s family never gave up hope to find healing – and with the help of Mercy Ships partners, she was finally freed from shame. 

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Aissata

A New Milestone Brings New Hope

A New Milestone Brings New Hope

When generous partners helped repair baby Aissata’s cleft lip, it marked a new milestone for Mercy Ships, and changed the course of Aissata’s life.

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Sekouba

A Smile That Shines

A Smile That Shines

After spending years of his childhood in shame, Sekouba’s smile now shines brighter than ever before.

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Gamai

Free to Follow Her Dreams

Free to Follow Her Dreams

Your gift today multiplies in impact to help transform the lives of children like Gamai with free, life-changing surgeries and healthcare.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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