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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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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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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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

Gamai

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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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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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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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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