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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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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Paul Pascal

A three-month-old fighter: part one

A three-month-old fighter: part one

The first sight of 3-month-old Paul revealed a feather-light bundle cradled in his desperate mother’s arms. His skin was paper-thin and his body remarkably tiny. He weighed just over 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) – less than he had when he was first born.

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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 Story

Monique's Story

Without surgery, Monique would have grown up in darkness. Today, she is back in school and thriving!

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